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STRIKING public service doctors say they will not be bullied by the government into signing the occupation specific dispensation wage proposal.
This comes after Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi gave striking doctors an ultimatum to either sign the wage offer today or the government would implement it anyway.
Lebohang Phahladira, president of the SA Registrars Association, said the government could go ahead and implement the OSD wage offer but it would not deter them.
The marathon OSD negotiations between the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council and Department of Health are set to be finalised today.
The government tabled its revised offer of doctors' salary adjustments - which range from eight to 60percent - on Wednesday. The offer was rejected by doctors the following day.
Doctors have since intensified the strikes, with KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga resorting to a shutdown.
The Junior Doctors Association of SA, which regulates interns, said it was disturbed by Baloyi's ultimatum.
"It is clear the Department of Health is declaring war on public service doctors," said Judasa president Bandile Hadebe.
The South African Medical Association, which has been at the forefront of the OSD negotiations, said it would have been healthier for the government to accommodate doctors.
"Implementing the OSD wage offer without both parties agreeing on it is wrong," said Sama spokesperson Norman Mabasa.
National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said: "We are busy trying to sort out this problem and there is no need for doctors to be on the streets when negotiations are ongoing."
Western Cape health department spokesperson Hélène Rossouw said they would not threaten doctors with deregistration or dismissal.
Public service doctors have been on sporadic strikes since April and they want a 50percent pay rise.