southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that as time runs out for the negotiations, public-sector unions have rejected the government’s new wage offer for the 2020/2021 financial year.  

New salaries are due to take effect on 1 April.  On Friday, Mugwena Maluleke, chief negotiator for union federation Cosatu’s public-sector unions, and Reuben Maleka of the Public Servants Association (PSA), said the government’s offer had been rejected.  According to the unions, the government proposed that employees who fell within levels 1 and 8 should receive an inflation-related increase of 4.4% for 2020/2021, while those on higher levels should receive no increases.  To be able to fund the 4.4% increases, the government proposed using the funds that would have been used to give 1.5% performance-related increases in 2021/2022.  Maluleke said the Cosatu unions have agreed to continue negotiating with the government in an attempt to convince it that it was not in the best interest of collective bargaining to renege on the multi-term agreement signed in 2018, and that the agreement has to be honoured.  He also said Cosatu was in the process of obtaining legal advice on how to take the matter forward as time was not on its side, as people would be paid on 15 April.  Maleka said the PSA was set to put the government on terms in a lawyer’s letter to demand that it implement the agreement signed in 2018.

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