No pay increase, public servants unions reject 4.4% revised offer

No pay increase, public servants unions reject 4.4% revised offer

- The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has rejected government's revised pay offer of 4.4% salary increase

- The first batch of public servants received their salaries on Wednesday but there were no adjustments to their salaries

- On top of that, government has made a national call to all public servants to volunteer to contribute to the Solidarity Fund to fight the Covid-19 outbreak in the country

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The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has rejected government’s revised pay offer of 4.4% salary increase for some levels of public servants.

Riefdah Ajam, acting general secretary of Fedusa, said the first batch of public servants has received their salaries on Wednesday but “sadly” there were no adjustments, reports Business Day.

Fedusa president Godfrey Selematsela also confirmed that there were no increases, despite Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu saying in March that it was committed to doing so.

“Indeed, there are no salary increases as per the agreement. I’m preparing to have a virtual meeting with our public sector unions for a way forward.”

Fedusa has been threatening to pursue legal action should the government fail to increases the salaries.

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The Public Servants Association of SA (PSA) assistant GM, Reuben Maleka, told Business Day on Tuesday that they would file court papers on Wednesday, after it became apparent the government would renege on the 2018 wage agreement signed by parties in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).

In the 2018 deal, the government agreed to pay level 1-8 employees, comprising general workers and support staff, an increase of the projected consumer price index (CPI) plus 1%. It also agreed to pay levels 9-16, made up of assistant directors to directors-general, a projected CPI plus 0.5%.

Briefly.co.za has gathered that Mchunu’s department has made a national call to all public servants to volunteer to contribute to the Solidarity Fund to fight the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

Xolani Tyiwa commented:

"Without my deserving increment sorry. I was gonna contribute if the increment was in but 0%. I'm very disappointed for our frontline public servant nurses who work very tireless in these difficult times, but no motivation for those who’re keeping us healthy in these difficult times."

Lungile Xulu commented:

"On top of the tax that we pay, you must be joking. We are currently the most struggling segment of the society. We were struggling even before Covid-19. DPSA should address us on annual increase and PPE that institutions are failing to provide and protect employees."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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