A 6,5percent to 9percent increase will form the basis for government and public service unions to continue talks to resolve their wage dispute.
Late yesterday the parties at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council in Pretoria decided to adopt the document as a discussion document.
The document was described by Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi in parliament yesterday as "a major breakthrough".
But unions were less positive saying not much could be deduced from the tabling of the document.
"It is a unmandated document, all the parties have to go back to get further mandates," said Chris Klopper of the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie. He was speaking on behalf of the Independent Labour Caucus.
Sadtu deputy general secretary Don Pasquallie said: "We are rejecting this as a working document." - Sapa