Baloyi: Wage deal a positive step

2010-10-20 10:47

Johannesburg – Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said late on Tuesday he welcomed the signing of a wage agreement by 66% of public sector unions.
With the majority of unions having signed yesterday, the wage deal will now be implemented.
The wage settlement provides for a salary increase of 7.5% and a housing allowance of R800 per month with effect from July 1 2010.
Baloyi said he welcomed the signing of the wage settlement offer by 66% of unions as represented in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council so far.
"Whilst an opportunity still exists for further signatories to the offer, the majority signature instructs us to implement the resolution," Baloyi said in a statement.
"I have therefore instructed the acting director-general for the Department of Public Service and Administration to commence with processing the payment immediately," Baloyi added.
Baloyi said the signing of the offer was a positive step that paved the way for "us to continue to work collectively with labour in addressing other pressing matters in our ongoing negotiations".
Government signed the agreement on September 13 and gave unions 21 working days to consult their members on its wage offer.
However, by Wednesday last week only 36% of the unions, falling short of the required 50% plus 1% majority.
Others requested Baloyi to extend the deadline as they wanted to consult further with their members.  

  • Jabbels - 2010-10-20 12:02

    AT LAST!!!!!

  • Celebrate - 2010-10-20 12:06

    Hoooooorahhhhhhh. is in the bank tomorrow.. Thanks to the incompetent negotiators

  • Cave - 2010-10-20 12:23

    7.5% is quite a lot for those incompetent public servants. I think they deserve a salary freeze for the next 5 years. All they bring is shame and stupidity to the people they suppose to serve.

  • zuchero - 2010-10-20 12:23

    is it taxable, will the take a portion towards pension, medical aid how much is left, for me is 300 rands plus no work no pay.

  • zuchero - 2010-10-20 12:24

    is it taxable, will the take a portion towards pension, medical aid how much is left, for me is 300 rands plus no work no pay.

  • khaya - 2010-10-20 12:31

    ya ne its was very challenging for the minister

  • JG - 2010-10-20 12:32

    And next year they will go on strike again...

  • yasmin - 2010-10-20 13:19

    Well done to the SADTU negotiators , like 2007 you conned the members and saved face by not signing the offer. Needless to say the negotiators did not loose a cent.We the members loose with the "no work no pay" principle!Alua Continua!The struggle continues !

  • vusi - 2010-10-20 13:21

    So what? There's nothing to celebrate here.

  • Zohra - 2010-10-20 13:24

    Hureeee! they must bring it soon........

  • Pule - 2010-10-20 15:51

    I think this is good for the country for Unions to compromise in the wage negotiations. The notion of others of refusing to sign and think they are more revolutionary than other is mileading. To ask the question that says they deserve salary increment is also problematic as people in any working environment is entitled to that annually. Next time public service unions should not compare themselves with other sectors of the economy when negotiating as they are the biggest employed ever 1,3million is massive. They should negotiate with in mind. The notion that says others got 10% others 8% and 1000 housing allowance does not assist the negotitators themselves as they will constantly loose membership out of sellout. The minister hadled this issue badly with his negotiators. Next time the minister must address at least one in total and the other demands met them half at least to limit the strikes.

  • Phindi - 2010-10-21 11:54

    I think we deserved more.Most Departments are severely understaffed whereas magement structure which is not opeartional is quite huge.Yes there are burnt out public servants who dont deserve a raise.Hope the minister will process the payment soo,when is it being processed,thanks to our union who cant even communicate when are we being paid

  • Phillip - 2010-10-21 12:26

    Its good decesion however, the government need to play a vital role in making budget, but not thumb sucking, coz it show that some body didn't do his work, if there is a shortage. Of this nuture on budget.advisors also must be learned not just a sleeping jeremia whom appointed politically but can deliver

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