southafricalogoANA reports that the newly-formed South African Police Allied Workers’ Union (Sapawu) warned on Tuesday that it would mobilise a mass protest should the government follow through on plans to slash the public sector wage bill by about R160-billion.  

In his national budget speech last week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the government would decrease its wage bill over the medium term as part of efforts to lower spending and narrow the budget deficit.  The union, which was formed last year, reacted as follows:  "Should the department of public service and administration implement the plans of the finance minister ... Sapawu will mobilise all the unions in the public sector to embark on a mass action to fight this war against the proletariat.  If the finance minister wants to serve the economy of this country, he must find money somewhere else not to play with the public servant’s money."  The union claimed that stated employees were the worst paid workers in SA and that cutting the wage bill would "paralyse" them.  It warned that "whoever is declaring war against the working class ... must be ready to take a punch".

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