GEMSBL Premium reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) says an increase in the subsidy for medical scheme contributions for state employee is cold comfort amid a battle between the government and public servants over salary increases.  

The Department of Public Service & Administration announced on Thursday that public servants would be awarded an 8.51% increase in the subsidy towards their medical scheme contributions, effective from 1 January.  The adjustment, in line with the medical price index, applies to employees on the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems), as well as to all former employees belonging to a registered medical scheme.  “It’s not a victory in a sense because members will still pay more [towards medical aid contributions],” Reuben Maleka of the PSA commented.  He pointed out that the union had called for Gems to freeze premium increases:  “We expected Gems to freeze the member increase that was implemented in January.  We had no salary increase … Gems must freeze members’ increase until the salaries dispute is resolved.”  Meantime, public sector unions have approached the Constitutional Court to challenge a labour court ruling that upheld government’s refusal to implement an April 2020 salary increase that had originally been agreed upon in 2018.  

Read too, Government workers get increased medical scheme subsidy, at SowetanLive

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