Public servant offer is unrealistic

The 6percent wage increase that government has offered public servants is another blow to the already crippling shortage of skills and dwindling capacity of professionals at all levels of service delivery.

The 6percent wage increase that government has offered public servants is another blow to the already crippling shortage of skills and dwindling capacity of professionals at all levels of service delivery.

It is imperative that government uses every opportunity to deal with the problem.

Millions of nurses, teachers, police and other professionals are expected to down tools on May 22. Nationwide, the economy will be operating below its normal capacity in the nine-day strike for a 12percent wage increase.

People with scarce skills and those who daily put their lives on the line are angry enough to take to the streets and their actions are devastating for South Africa. The ACDP respects the rights of individuals to protest, but calls on responsible South Africans to consider the impact on healthcare and other critical services.

In view of much talk and promises by the government to retain skills, the increases proposed by the state are unrealistic.

With issues such as crime, HIV-Aids and the lack of professional skills, it is crucial that government succeeds in attracting school leavers to these professions, and also prevents skilled people from seeking job satisfaction in other fields or abroad.

Cheryllyn Dudley, ACDP Whip, Parliament

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