Unions, government on collision course
PUBLIC sector unions are set to strike unless Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu improves the wage offer.
The Cosatu-affiliated unions - Sadtu, Nehawu, Popcru, Denosa, Pawusa, Sama, Sadnu and Sasawu - yesterday announced that they had declared a dispute after the ministry reneged on the latest offer of 6.9%.
The government's offer, which was made last week, was reduced to 6.7% at a meeting with unions on Tuesday.
"The employer's attitude in [the] meeting further vindicates labour's view that the government is arrogant, misleading, dishonest, deceitful and is taking workers for granted," said Sadtu's general secretary Mugwena Maluleke.
He said it was dishonest of government to publicly announce the 6.9% offer and later change it.
An arbitrator is due to be appointed to mediate between the government and the unions, but should there be no acceptable offer, a certificate for a strike could be issued.