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southafricalogoFin24 reports that public sector wage talks have hit another speed bump, with the Public Servants Association (PSA) accusing government of using delay tactics to frustrate the process.

This as government contested the PSA's bid to declare a fresh dispute. The PSA wanted to declare a dispute after unions reduced their demand to a 6.5% increase, but government largely stuck to its offer of 2%. The government also said it could only pay an increase from the date an agreement was signed, not from 1 April, which the PSA rejected. The commissioner in the wage dispute will now consider arguments from both the PSA and the government on whether a new dispute can be lodged, with a final decision scheduled to be made in two weeks. PSA spokesperson Reuben Maleka said that the union was confident that the government's bid at objecting to the dispute would fail. A new dispute would, however, prove another roadblock in resolving talks that need most unions to agree to an offer in order to strike a deal. Government and unions returned to the conciliation process on Wednesday after the PSA declared a dspute in July. National Treasury has since said that Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana would be more involved in the government's negotiation strategy during the talks. The PSA reported in a memo that the government tabled a final offer of 2% – with a sliding scale where salary levels 1 to 4 will receive 3%, levels 5 to 8 will receive 2.10%, and levels 9 to 12 will receive 1.50%.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khulekani Magubane at Fin24
  • Read too, Public sector employees reject government's latest wage increase offer, at EWN

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