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Enoch GodongwanaFin24 reports that much to the chagrin of at least one union, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is set to play a more prominent in the ongoing public service wage negotiations as the government looks to make savings on its biggest spending item.

The minister indicated over the weekend that he would lead the government's strategy in the talks. While unions have revised their wage increase demand downwards from 10% to 6.5%, the government has not budged from its 2% wage increase offer. Unions and the government are set to return to the Public Sector Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) on Wednesday in a bid to break the deadlock in talks. Public Servants Association (PSA) spokesperson Reuben Maleka said it was concerning that the National Treasury had "taken over" the role of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) as the leading employer in the negotiations and that it “will be a regression to have Treasury taking a centre stage in the PSCBC. The departure of Ayanda Dlodlo from the position of DPSA Minister in April, to join the World Bank, has left the department without full-time political leadership, although Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi has assumed the position in an acting capacity. The DPSA minister normally leads the government in public service wage negotiations. Efficient Group economist Dawie Roodt commented that Godongwana's seniority in the government and his commitment to curbing the growth of the public service wage bill made him an ideal representative of the government in the talks. According to Maleka, the National Treasury must ensure it brings up a tangible offer to have a meaningful conciliation on Wednesday at the PSCBC.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khulekani Magubane at Fin24
  • Lees ook, Dispuut oor salarisverhoging vir onnies verklaar, by Maroela Media

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