Labour before increases

I sympathise with the strikers, but at the same time wonder if some of them really deserve what they are asking for.

I sympathise with the strikers, but at the same time wonder if some of them really deserve what they are asking for.

I look back at the service I received when I applied for an ID, when I attended a public clinic and hospital and when my friend's car was stolen.

After dealing with public servants you really wonder how they can demand a 12percent increase. Why should staff at Hillbrow police station and the Home Affairs Department get 12percent when we have to wait five years for IDs?

The matric pass rate in some schools leaves much to be desired. Teachers and other staff take extended tea breaks and lunches. Some schools have atrocious results despite having proper resources, and some rural schools with very few resources maintain 100percent pass rates.

It's high time that all government departments give increments based on performance.

All public servants performances should be linked to set targets. Cosatu needs to take a good look at how its members carry out their work.

Forget about the government's obligation to the public service workers. Just ask the people on the street if the strikers deserve the increase. Chances are that the majority will say no.

M Hudla, Meadowlands

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