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labourcourtsBL Premium reports that the legal battle relating to wage increases for public-sector workers will be heard directly by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) on 2 December.  

The matter is critical to resolving a major dispute between the government and its employees, after the state refused to implement a salary increase agreement it signed in 2018 for this financial year, saying it simply did not have the money to do so.  The increases were provided for in a multi-term wage agreement, which was in its final leg in this financial year.  The decision to renege on this agreement came after finance minister Tito Mboweni in February pencilled in major budget cuts to the public-sector wage bill.  After that, the state did not implement the agreement, and public-sector unions then brought an application to the Labour Court.  They are seeking to enforce their contractual rights, while the state has brought a counter-application to have the enforcement of the final leg of the agreement declared unconstitutional.  Both the government and public-sector unions all agreed that the matter was urgent and thus requested that the LAC should become the court of first instance to speed up the process.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Claudi Mailovich at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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