Dec 4, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Government rules out salary increases in public sector

The government has rejected the wage demands of public sector workers and is not offering any increase.

It proposed that a cash bonus of R1,000 per month continue to be awarded for the 2022/2023 financial year .

Public sector unions filed a wage claim on May 4 and the employer committed to respond by May 19.

Their demands include a 10 percent Salary increase, an R2,500 housing benefit, access to the pension fund and a stipend scheme for children of government employees.

In its feedback to its members on the Public Sector Collective Bargaining Council on Friday, the Public Servants Association (PSA ) said, the government said it had R20.5 billion available for a pay raise and could not offer anything over the budget.

The union said the employer, however, indicated that the cash bonus would be used en and use the R20 0.5bn for a base increase, which may not be favorable as it will result in a reduction in cash in the pockets for many employees.

The g The government said housing benefit will increase in relation to the consumer price index.

A scholarship program for children of government employees is being considered by the Department of Higher Education and Training, it added.

The government said also that access to the pension fund for support during difficult economic conditions cannot be discussed in the negotiating council as this should be dealt with in the national economic development and labor council.

“The demand for a flat-rate increase by 10% amounts to R49 billion and is unpayable.

“In short, the employer did not agree to any claims from workers and proposed to settle those claims due to the non affordability in the current financial framework to the next round of negotiations,” the PSA informed its members.

She said the unions had taken note of the employer’s response and would report back to their clients, adding that workers can only return to the bargaining council on Ma y 31.

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