Public servants reject wage offer

2011-04-19 11:25

 The Public Servants Association has rejected government’s wage offer to public servants for the 2011/12 financial year, the association said today.

“The employer’s offer does not seek to earnestly address any of labour’s demands and consequently reflects its lack of urgency in dealing with the issues raised by labour,” PSA deputy general manager Manie de Clercq.

“By procrastinating and not coming up with a counter offer, the employer is contributing to a rise in tensions among its employees, a situation the PSA wants to prevent.”

He said the PSA tabled its demands last year because of the provisions of last year’s wage agreement which stipulated commencement of the negotiation process immediately after the conclusion of the agreement.

On February 15 other unions followed suit with various demands of a yearly general increase for public servants, and other substantive issues were consolidated.

They were later tabled at a special meeting of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council.

Government made a counter offer in the bargaining council on March 24 which failed to meet the majority of workers’ demands, De Clercq said.

It tabled a multi-term salary agreement covering five years up to 2016 with a salary increase of only projected CPI in each of these years.

“No real wage increase is offered in any of these years, implying that public servants’ standard of living will greatly deteriorate over the same period,” De Clercq said.

Public servants should receive their increase for 2011/2012 on May 1 this year so it was imperative that all parties took the negotiations seriously and come to an agreement.

He said the state did not to attach the same urgency as the PSA to the process as it had since not since March made an alternative offer.

“The PSA needs to stress the importance of concluding negotiations as soon as possible.

“The ball remains squarely in the employer’s court,” De Clercq said.?

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