Public sector wage negotiations resume

MARCH 23, 2015

Wage negotiations between the state and the public sector unions have resumed today.

This after the negotiations were moved by a week following the untimely death of Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane in a car crash on the N1 in Limpopo. Two of his protectors, Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, also died in the collision.

At the time of his death, Minister Chabane was spearheading the last phase of the 2014/15 wage negotiations.

The three-year deal reached by the state and the unions in 2012 expires at the end of April.

The new negotiations started with the unions demanding a 15 percent increase deal. The unions also demanded that the housing allowance to be increased from R900 to R3 000.

Government negotiators were meant to return to the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council with a new and improved wage offer.

The negotiations began in September last year when labour first tabled a pay hike demand of 15 percent. –