Public service unions to picket over wages

Public service unions to picket over wages

Public service unions will embark on lunchtime pickets across the country on Monday. 

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Lauren Beukes

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) affiliates, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu),the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) are among the unions that will demonstrate publicly against government's latest pay offer. 

Pickets in KwaZulu-Natal will take place in various locations, including Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Ladysmith. 

"They reject this 3% offered by the employer," says Saftu's Thabo Matsose. 

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Matsose says workers are demanding a 10% wage increase across the board. 

A conciliation process will also start today in a last-ditch attempt to resolve the current impasse. 

Matsose's called on the employer to join them. 

"After 1 November, if the employer is not coming to the party all federations, unions will converge again and from there, they will map a way forward as to what will be the next action."


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