Public sector unions to meet

2010-10-13 07:49

Johannesburg - Public sector unions were expected to meet on Wednesday for a final decision on whether their members would accept the government's pay offer.

Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) spokesman Chris Klopper said earlier this week that a "final determination" would be made on Wednesday.

He said the ILC was set to meet with the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) to discuss the final decision.

Public servants embarked on a disruptive three-week long strike recently to push for an 8.6% increase and R1 000 per month housing subsidy.

The government's final offer was a 7.5% increase and R800 housing allowance.

The SA Democratic Teachers Union had already rejected the government's wage offer.

Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said on Tuesday he hoped most of the unions would sign the offer.

"We are hopeful that the majority, if not all of the unions, will sign their offer... I am sure they are getting their pens ready," said Baloyi.

  • Billy - 2010-10-13 08:41

    I have been waiting since July for my increase...sign an dpay us now plaese!

  • Rose - 2010-10-13 08:44

    i think its best in SA if you are not working because u qualify for an RDP house and have 4 kids and register child grants,public servants dont qualify for RDP houses and bond houses that means we must stay in mukhukhus whereas zimbabweans occupy RDP houses, why cant our goverment introduce low cost houses specific for goverment employees?

  • THANDI - 2010-10-13 09:48


  • city - 2010-10-13 10:35

    SADTU must stop playing bravory here, they must sign bcs negotiations for 2011/2012 must start now. what are they trying to achieve. pls sign we are hungry

  • Joseph - 2010-10-13 10:54

    Government should go ahead and implement the increment, learn from its mistakes and start negotiating in time and in good faith for the next round.

  • Rame - 2010-10-13 11:38

    Civil servants are hurting poor Black people that need service delivery to improve their lives. The majority earn too much when you look at their output and hours worked especially teachers. Add absenteeism, poor qualifications, truanting, fraud etc. , then the equation becomes frighteningly skewed. Pouring money into a failing system does not solve but exacerbates the situation. Employees then believe that it is their entrenched right to earn more for non-performance. The solution is to profile each employee and reward them according to their qualifications, skills, performance and output. The unions are only interested in union membership funds, that runs into millions which they use for their lavish lifestyles and political agendas. This round of strike action has exposed the stupidity of unions and its members. They lack the intelligence to do simple calculations, they have lost more money with no work no pay. Extrapolate this loss over the next few years and see the damage done to their finances and the economy. The result is more job losses, more tax, more interest and higher prices. Privatise where possible to avoid this country being destroyed.

  • Therk - 2010-10-13 11:55

    We scored 9 out of 10 for the World Cup soccer.

  • Andre - 2010-10-13 12:12

    This is now the actual reflection of how all the Unions and Government disappointed the workers with their power struggles.The Workers is suffering.Sign so that the outstanding salary increases even though not what we wanted is implemented because even if you ask for another 21 days you will still do nothing and the workers striking for more money will not further strike for a 1%.

  • Ganyane - 2010-10-13 12:19

    Let them sign the offer, Unions and government have failed us, I am sick and tired about this.

  • s - 2010-10-13 12:36

    We public servant,we dont qualify for bond /RDP and are working very hard,but Baloyi cant give us 8.6% and R1000 this is k**K

  • Thembi - 2010-10-19 13:01

    this is getting too much becasuse X-mas is around the corner we want OUR INCREASE PLEASE IF TEACHERS THEY WANT THEY CAN STAY BE SUFFREING

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