Unions stall decision on govt deal

2010-10-01 17:51

Johannesburg - Public sector unions affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday have not yet decided whether to sign the government wage deal, adjourning their discussion to Monday.

With the deadline looming, public sector unions have until Monday to sign the proposed wage agreement.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said unions, which met on Friday to coordinate their action regarding the draft wage agreement, adjourned the meeting to Monday.

Government signed the deal on September 13 and gave unions 21 days from then to consult their members on its wage offer.

Fikile Majola, general secretary of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union's (Nehawu), which is affiliated to Cosatu, told I-Net Bridge the union was ready to sign the wage deal, but he said much depended
on what other Cosatu affiliates say.

Cosatu affiliates account for 56% of all civil servants.

Majola said the meeting among Cosatu affiliates was currently underway. 

Nehawu is meeting its peers and it will recommend that they sign the wage deal. "Protect our members," he said.

There is clauses in the draft agreement that reassures workers in essential services such as nurses that they won't be dismissed for misconduct and for taking part in the strike, which began on August 18 and was suspended on September 6, Majola said.

In terms of the draft wage agreement, government has offered a 7.5% wage increase and an R800 housing allowance.

  • thomas - 2010-10-01 20:00

    I think the Cosatu affiliates should sign the deal even though we could not get what we bargain for. Our God shall supply our needs...! but one day is one day!

  • SIGN - 2010-10-01 22:01

    Sign the damn thing

  • Freddy - 2010-10-02 23:42

    Listen SIGN, sign but remember from 01 Apl 2011, management will must oblige by law to to implement. My cross by myself is already determined for the next general election, even for the local elections.

  • Mpendulo Mchako - 2010-10-04 15:12

    The democratically elected government took the free medical aid away from the police and only soldiers are not paying the medical aid. I think all government employees must use army hospitals for free medications or each department has it's own hospitals. Time is coming where we will exchange the voting power for paying no tax as voting is doing nothing for essential services employees who are not allowed to bargain.

  • Andre - 2010-10-04 15:49

    Our Unions and our Employer already messed up.What are they waiting for as for the pass 21 days there was never any consultation with members anyway.The workers is urgently in need of the long overdue increase adding to the deductions from the strike the Union leaders in their indecisive position is causing further suffering to the workers.

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