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Unions affiliated to the Federation of Unions of South Africa and Cosatu met Ministers of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, of Social Development Edna Molewa and of Public Service and Administration Richard Baloyi last Wednesday in a bid to avert a public sector strike.
But the Independent Labour Caucus said the government had “wasted everyone’s time”.
The unions declared a dispute after the state remained unshaken on its 6,5 percent salary hike offer and a housing allowance from R500 to R620 a month.
The unions want an 8,6 percent salary increase, a R1000 monthly housing allowance and the equalisation of medical aid subsidies.
The unions claimed that the government was “discriminating” against non-members of the Government Employees Medical Scheme.
A dispute was declared last month when the conciliator issued the unions with a certificate to strike.
Sadtu Soweto regional secretary Ronald Nyathi said: “At the mass meeting teachers unanimously rejected the offer. They think this is the worst insult of the 21st century.
“During the World Cup they told us to behave because people from Europe were here. We thought when schools re- opened, they would give us a better offer.
“Why is it that people who work for government parastatals always receive bigger increases than we do? We are public servants and not volunteers.”