cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu’s public sector unions have declared a wage dispute with the government over salary increases due in April, thereby leading the way to possible court action.  

The unions, including Nehawu, Sadtu and Denosa, held a teleconference on Monday where this decision was taken.  On Tuesday, Nehawu’s Zola Saphetha indicated that they had “formally declared a dispute” that would culminate in the unions approaching the courts to force the government to implement the wage agreement.  Denosa’s Cassim Lekhoathi said they had followed the dispute resolution processes, which he stated could “force the employer to comply”.  “A letter to that effect will be sent ... to the employer on Tuesday,” said Lekhoathi.  This was after the unions rejected public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu’s revised offer of a 4.4% pay increase for workers on employment levels one to eight, with no increase for levels nine to 16.  The unions want the government to implement the last leg of the three-year wage agreement signed in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) in 2018.  In the agreement the government agreed to pay levels one to eight employees CPI plus 1% and to pay levels nine to 16 CPI plus 0.5%.  The Public Servants Association of SA has put the state on terms to honour the 2018 wage agreement.

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