Minister in bid to end the strike

LABOUR Minister Membathisi Mdladlana offered the services of "the most senior commissioners of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration" yesterday to help out in the public sector wage dispute.

"The minister has emphasised that the strike is a dispute between the employer and its employees and a collective bargaining matter which should only be resolved through collective bargaining," his spokesperson Mzobanzi Jikazana said in a statement.

"The minister has called on these parties to endeavour to find a settlement," he said.

The wage dispute between the government and public sector unions has so far been dealt with in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).

Public Servants' Association spokesperson Manie de Clercq said the offer would be considered, but that it would only be useful if all the parties agreed to use the CCMA.

A PSCBC meeting was scheduled to take place at 6pm yesterday to talk about the strike.

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