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Some unions ready to acceptoffer

By unknown | Jun 28, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Trade unions are expected to finalise their consultations on the future of the public service strike today.

Trade unions caucused last night at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) at Centurion, south of Pretoria.

Several unions attending that meeting said they were ready to suspend the strike, and some have indicated that they were ready to accept the government's final offer, which includes a 7,5percent wage increase.

Manie de Clerq, general secretary of the Public Servants Association, said: "We have a mandate from our members to suspend the strike. We obviously want to do that together with other unions. We will wait for the meeting with other unions tomorrow. Hopefully at that stage something will happen."

Cosatu president Willie Madisha was also optimistic following last night's talks.

"There has been a great deal of progress. tomorrow when we meet we'll be able to give you proper formal announcements. but I want to emphasise that there has been progress," Madisha said.

Success Mataitsane of the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers said the possibility of signing the government's offer would be discussed today.

"A lot of our essential [service] members have been dismissed.

"Our primary objective now is to get them back and if that agreement will get them back we will utilise the opportunity," he said.

Yesterday, delegates at the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) congress indicated they would accept the state's latest pay offer for public servants. Most delegates voiced support for a motion to sign the pay deal and call off the strike by public servants. - Sapa


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