Gvt considers revising wage offer for public servants

APRIL 25, 2015

Government is reportedly considering restructuring a new salary package for public servants when they return to the negotiating table on Tuesday. Acting Minister of Public Service, Nathi Mthethwa, says he has taken note of grievances voiced by public servants during the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) protest march in Pretoria on Thursday.

Government is offering a 5.8% increase, an improved housing allowance of 33% and an increase from 17.8% to 28.5% in medical aid subsidy.

It is also introducing a three-day paternity leave and increased family responsibility leave of parents who have children with severe special needs from two day to five days.

Government's wage bill is R400 billion and is projected to grow to R437 billion in the 2015/2016 financial year.

Mthethwa says government has made significant commitments to improve the salaries of its workers.

"This ranges from an all-inclusive package increase of potentially 15.1%, inclusive of medical aid, housings allowances and cost of living adjustment, for workers on salary level 1, to a potential 9.5% for worker on salary level 10, depending on the individual's actual level. Public servants on salary levels 11 and 12 can expect potential all-inclusive of 7.4% as outlined in our current offer," he told  the SABC.