PRETORIA– The Department of Public Service and Administration has declared the South African Public Servants Association (PSA) strike action set to begin Monday as unprocedural.
The PSA is set to go ahead with its strike on Monday, although other public sector unions, representing more than 65 per cent of the workers, have signed the wage deal with the government.
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu),South Africa’s largest public sector union with about 235,000 members, the South African Medical Association (SAMA), the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa), Public and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Pawusa), Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) accepted the government’s offer of a 7,0 per cent wage increase on Friday.
Sadtu General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke has complained of the role of global ratings agencies.
We would like to put on record that these negotiations were the most challenging. The Government auctioned the power to negotiate to the rating agencies who seem to influence indirectly the negotiations towards a particular outcome through threats of downgrades, as higher-than-expected wage settlements could add to the (nation’s ) debt burden.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK