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ramaphosaThe Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday reaffirmed government’s commitment to protect collective bargaining and workers’ labour rights.

Speaking at a Cosatu event in Johannesburg in honour of workers on International Workers’ Day, Ramaphosa said he believed government’s representatives and public sector unions should return to the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) and work on a solution to the current deadlock over wage negotiations. “We should return to the bargaining table and have thoroughly ongoing negotiations with labour in this regard,” Ramaphosa stated. He addressed the event in his capacity as the president of the ANC and noted that SA had already been in a precarious economic position before the Covid-19 pandemic. Unions in the public service are threatening to embark on mass industrial action over workers’ demand for a 7.1% wage increase. This after the government stuck to its 0% wage hike last month and presented a revised offer at the PSCBC that included a review of allowances and leave for public servants, among other benefits. The Department of Public Service and Administration has described the wage talks as the most difficult in years due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the state’s coffers and the need for urgent reforms in the public service. It has also called on citizens to come forward with proposals to resolve the deadlock.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thapelo Lekabe at The Citizen

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