Government wage dispute declared
Cosatu labour unions have declared a dispute over public service wage negotiations
“The employer had presented the 6.9% cost of living adjustment in a meeting with labour on the 4th of July 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.
Meanwhile, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said in a statement 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, she added.
An urgent meeting had been requested with all parties, Sisulu said.