The South African Emergency Personnel’s Union (SAEPU) has urged the government to reconsider reneging the PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018 and called for a clear definition of a public service worker.
In a statement on Wednesday, 18 March 2020, the South African Emergency Personnel Union raised concern with the government’s last tabling of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the last leg of Resolution 1 of 2018. “We are very much worried because workers are expected to get an increase around [15 April 2020] and the employer is still adamant to review the resolution,” the statement read. The union took this decision as a deliberate strategy to frustrate workers, as it has written a letter to the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) to check the recent tabling of the CPI by government, whose response was to review the resolution.
The union advised the government to urgently table the CPI, as failure to do so would be viewed as a declaration of war by its members. SAEPU noted that should the public service workers take to the streets, such actions would badly affect the country. Among the negative effects would be an uncontrollable spread of the coronavirus, worsening of the economy due to recession, and a subsequent downgrade of said economy.
The trade union ended the statement by calling for a clear definition of a public service worker, because “according to our understanding, everyone who gets funds from [the] National Treasury is a public service worker, including municipalities, SOEs, Parliamentarians (State President) and many more,” the statement concluded.