Strike pay to be docked over three months

2010-09-15 07:08

Striking public sector workers will not lose their salaries in one fell swoop because of the “no work, no pay” principle.

Public Servants’ Association spokesperson Manie de Clercq said yesterday that a directive had been issued by the public service and administration department’s acting director-general to make the deductions over three months.

The directive also instructed department heads to take into account the individual circumstances of employees when making the deductions.

De Clercq said the docking of pay over three months was one of the inducements offered by the government, which tabled an offer on Monday night.

He said the inducements would have to be considered with the 7.5% increase and R800 a month housing allowance the government was offering.

The unions have demanded an 8.6% increase, a R1 000 housing allowance and the addressing of other issues such as equalisation of medical fund payments.

De Clercq said another inducement on offer was an agreement to jointly research the enhancing of home ownership among government workers.

If accepted, this research would be completed by April.

The strike was suspended by unions for 21 days last Monday, pending the outcome of consultations with their members and with the government. 

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