Cosatu declares wage dispute

2012-07-11 13:58

Johannesburg - Cosatu labour unions have declared a dispute over public service wage negotiations, the federation said on Wednesday.

"The employer had presented the 6.9% cost of living adjustment in a meeting with labour on July 4, 2012," the Congress of SA Trade Unions said in a statement.

However, in a meeting called by the government on Tuesday, the offer was reduced to 6.7%.

Cosatu, which claims to represent over 58% of the country's public servants, said government was negotiating in bad faith.

"This is a deliberate attempt to mislead the public in an attempt to pit them against the public service workers."

Government had left Cosatu no choice but to declare a dispute, the federation said.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Wednesday that government intended finalising negotiations as soon as possible.

"We are negotiating a multi-year agreement within very limited resources. It can be frustrating at times," Sisulu said.

Parties were close to a settlement and it was in everyone's best interest to continue to negotiate within the bargaining council.

An urgent meeting had been requested with all parties, Sisulu said.

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  • Glyn - 2012-07-11 14:39

    How can Cosatu declare a wage dispute? They are not the union involved! This is political interference in the economy.

      mzwandile.sazona.3 - 2012-07-11 14:55

      @gln.morgan.96 please read the article carefully. to quote it says "Cosatu labour unions have declared a dispute over public service wage negotiations, the federation said on Wednesday". Its not Cosatu rather labour unions affiliated to Cosatu. To help you these are the unions, Popcru, Sadtu, Pawusa, Nehawu, Denosa and Sadnu.

      Shiba BigMan Koko - 2012-07-11 15:49

      most of the unions in those negotiations are Cosatu affilliates,

      khetho.mbelu - 2012-07-11 16:48

      but COSATU is the mother body of the unions involved. Do u prefer statements frm different unions saying d same thing???

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-07-11 14:51

    And again, the tax payer has to pay up

      smallies - 2012-07-11 16:01

      do not forget that civil servants also pays taxes,you make it sound like we do not ....

      sihlearmstrong.makhanya - 2012-07-28 23:16

      I fully agree with u.taxpayers must pay u,the problem in this case is that the people in power are so greedy all they want is for makes my heart grive when I see our parents failing to afford the daily living where there are people who just to misuse the finances of the country.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-11 15:00

    "This is a deliberate attempt to mislead the public in an attempt to pit them against the public service workers." - Don't cry COSATU, you do this everyday. Lets start talking about the youth wage subsidy that you shot down and then tried to lie about it... Still complete silence about that one?

      andile.tyhaliti - 2012-07-11 22:27

      I don't understand wher does this support of youth subsidy comes from. Who stands to benefit is the employe or the youth? My guess is the employer at the expense of the youth. Who are these employers? Again and it's a fact whites are the majority employers worldwide. Hence the sudden support and all smiles to the bank. No to youth subsidy.

      sihlearmstrong.makhanya - 2012-07-28 23:06

      As of the point of youth subsidy there must be no money to be obtained by people who will just get money in the name of unemployed youth.pls let us not be so blind,teach a child some hard life open the eyes of their mind and heart,teach them to be strong.allow the word of God to be known to them surely with open mind to it and more sense of responsibility.strong at heart there is more we can hard feelings

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-07-11 15:08

    Easy, make it performance based... If you meet certain targets, you get 6.8%, if you don't you get nothing... Rinse and repeat for the next 10 years.

      antoinette.jordaan - 2012-07-11 15:20

      Oh wait - they did that for some departments, and then when everybody made their targets, they just refused to pay. You cannot make it performance based in public sector, cos they don't have a robust HR in place. Who determines performance? Your buddy? Performance based increases only works in companies where the HR process is mature and non-colluding.

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-07-11 15:30

    The cantakerous Vavi can start a fight in an empty room; he is always itching for a confrontation.

  • Ilana Lombard - 2012-07-11 15:32

    Please finalise the negotiations.

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-07-11 15:52

    Our government are not taking us serious.

      Bernadette Amir - 2012-07-11 17:19

      Rather Government don't care bout its public servants, and what they will b takin away in September, wah thats gonna hurt as most renters depend on that #screwedeitherway

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-07-11 17:25

    Government must pay civil servant good wages because government spend a lot of money in unnecessary stuff like to buy a Jet for President. Two billion must share by civil servant rather share by two men who are filthy reach Mr Zuma and Mothlanthe.

  • Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-07-11 22:43

    Miss Sisulu tell Zuma to give u money,there is lot of money in RSA,IMF was given money for nothing(billions)Mswati was also given money to marry more kids,Ethiopia was also given money,Zimbabwe also,when is here at home there is no money!!!why,*am praying 4 a better president in next term or let whites ppl take this government again,sure they'll give n help us alot!!

  • rethabile.chabangu - 2012-07-11 23:34

    This Zuma govt.

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