Govt, public servants agree wage deal

2012-07-31 19:45

Johannesburg - Public servants will get a seven percent wage increase, Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Tuesday.

"The increase is effective from May this year, and for 2013 to 2015 the increase is Consumer Price Index plus 1%," Sisulu said in a statement.

The agreement, between labour unions and the government, indicated it was possible for parties to solve problems together, she said.

"This three-year agreement allows for the employer and labour to implement all elements of the agreement. The three years are also in line with government planning cycle and ensure stability and proper planning for both parties."

It was further agreed to amend the qualifying period for pay progression from 12 to 24 months for new public service employees.

Workers would get more annual leave and cash awards for long service.

"The employer was relieved that after six months of difficult negotiations, parties have finally come to this conclusion."

  • bonga.sikhakhane - 2012-07-31 20:10

    Atlist they agreed bt nw y is it starting at may n wat do they say abt housing allowance cos I saw nothing abt it. I wouldn't like to see the strike happening again so 7% is better than that 4% they started negotiating.

      mogale.tshidi - 2012-07-31 20:16

      That's the first thing I asked myself. Where the hell is housing? Unions should be giving us more information about the deal. The next thing we'll be surprised to see housing still at R800.

      matome.motsuenyane - 2012-07-31 20:54

      We need t appreciate wht we have,n wht we are goin t hav,although the unions sacrifice fr may nt april as agreed with governmnt last year,things keep on changin n we as public servants we loose trust in government,then now other issues are not raised,wht abt housing allowances

      jackie.batemanevans.5 - 2012-07-31 20:59

      Lesen at e 24 the housing alowens going up to 900 so its going up by 100. So dnt worry.

      sello.mapeka - 2012-07-31 21:02

      Is the housing also going to be back-dated from may?

  • Barefoot - 2012-07-31 20:14

    2013-2015 these people are funny, they'll be negotiating again next year.

  • Derrick Chong - 2012-07-31 20:26

    Election year....everything's agreeable

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-07-31 20:33

    What a waste of the private sectors tax . U lot don't deserve a 5 cent increase . Goverment leaches misusing my hard earned pay phuut phuut!

      brendon.titus - 2012-07-31 20:44

      Listen here,we as public service also pay taxes!And why don't you try

      robynne.els.1 - 2012-08-01 10:47

      Excuse me karl but my husband works his backside off working far more overtime than his contract stipulates in a public hospital! And just by the way he has no choice as it is compulsory to do internship, community service and specialization at a public hospital!

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-07-31 20:37

    Unions can be stupid sometimes. Which one was better: 6.9% backdated to April or 7% backdated to April? I think the former. These so called negotiators wasted all this time for a lousy 0,1%? We loose again as public servants, thanks to the unions again!

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-07-31 20:55

      Correction: 7% backdated to May.

  • joel.segalo.1 - 2012-07-31 21:38

    they have started again they dont talk about the benefits, n why May?

  • letlapa.maredi - 2012-07-31 21:40

    as public servant u'l alwys be slave dat educate ur elected masters who in turn earn more

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-07-31 22:21

    Would anyone notice the difference in service delivery if 2 million public servants strike? Don't think so, no service either way

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-07-31 22:31

    I told you before the unions sold you out 7 increase and 10 decrease. Your housing allow will fall away if you don't have a bond

  • justice.mdunwazi - 2012-07-31 22:37

    Hi sweswo!!!

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-07-31 23:23

    Only 7%? How are they supposed to survive with all the increases like electricity. Far above %

  • Astee Maxi-Lepimpara Seloni - 2012-08-01 06:03

    working for a Gov its really something else.... what is 7%? what will we do with that lil?

  • dejaay.heineken - 2012-08-01 07:30

    I thnk december its alredy arnd da corner so dat mr motlanthe and juju take over so dat we can survive about da increase cos now our increase dat we deserve support 22children of sumbody! I hate da day I voted for this panishement and if I had known I wil have voted opposition party once! Bt atleast its not long everything wil be finish!

  • mthokozisi.mbele - 2012-08-01 08:09

    Unions ar just sidlasodwa viva

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