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By unknown | Jun 13, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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President Thabo Mbeki yesterday expressed hope that striking public sector workers and government leaders could resolve the wage deadlock.

But he slammed the "thuggery" that has taken place during the public sector strike.

Delivering the presidency's budget vote speech in parliament yesterday, Mbeki said that the government's wage offer includes a new salary structure.

"I would like to reiterate our confidence that, in time, government as employer and the public service unions will find one another and bring to a conclusion the current negotiations.

"This must be informed by the objectives to realise a wage settlement that improves the salaries of employees, ensures appropriate reward for good performance, and acknowledges the unique contribution of public professionals, and is at the same time affordable and therefore sustainable," said Mbeki.

Mbeki, however, slammed the behaviour of some workers during the strike.

"I should at the same time express my strongest condemnation, as would all law-abiding citizens, of the irresponsible element that has used the negotiation process to engage in unacceptable criminal activities," said Mbeki.


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