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PSA concerned about government’s silence on implementation of negotiated wage increase

The Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) has voiced its concern regarding the government’s silence on the implementation of the negotiated wage increase.

In a statement on Tuesday, 3 March 2020, the Public Servants Association of South Africa voiced its concern on the government’s continued silence regarding the implementation of the negotiated wage increase, which was agreed upon in 2018. The concern was prompted by the government’s intent to save R37.8 billion on the wage bill over three years.

“To date, there has been no attempt by the State as employer to raise this matter in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) for negotiation or to explain where it intends to make up the saving of R37.8 billion this year,” the statement reads.

Although public servants had already signed a three-year agreement to gain the security of an increase, the PSA’s concern was heightened after learning that the government could not afford to implement the last leg of the wage agreement. “The PSA has previously warned of the consequences that may follow, should there be any unilateral deviation from the provisions of the Agreement. Tensions are rising amongst public servants as the implementation date is drawing nearer.”

The PSA warned that should the government continue its silence, it might result in actions that would lead to further dire consequences on the economy. The PSA has since resolved to approach the PSCBC for confirmation of the percentage increase that public servants will receive.

Abenathi Gqomo
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