psaAfro Voice reports that the notice served on the government on Monday by the Public Servants Association (PSA) of a national strike over public sector wage rises has heightened tensions with rival Cosatu.  

In a letter sent to the director general of the Department of Public Service and Administration, PSA general manager Ivan Fredericks said PSA members would down tools from Monday.  But labour federation Cosatu on Monday called the PSA’s bluff, describing it as “nonsensical”.  Two Cosatu-aligned unions, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), have so-far signed the government’s agreement.  PSA deputy general manager Tahir Maepa said they were not part of the agreement when it was drafted and that was why they have rejected it.  Cosatu lead negotiator Mike Shingange stated that Cosatu would be sitting out of the PSA’s looming strike action.  He observed:  “Cosatu will not be joining the strike.  We don’t have a mandate from our members.  All this time Cosatu unions have been the ones who are waging these battles while they have been enjoying the fruits of our strikes.”  National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) deputy secretary general December Mavuso said the notice by the PSA had not put any pressure on them as they were “still consulting” their members.

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