DA: Unhappy on public service

2008-06-11 00:00

Cape Town — The Democratic Alliance has threatened to take the government to the Constitutional Court if the Public Administration Management Bill, which seeks to introduce a single public service, is passed.

The bill was introduced in Parliament this week. DA public service and administration spokesman Karel Minnie said yesterday his party believes that in its draft form the bill is highly problematic. It seeks to create a uniform salary structure across all levels of government, which, the DA says, will be costly to implement.

It grants the minister far-reaching powers over bargaining councils, which, Minnie said, threatens the employment policy prerogatives of municipal councils and would allow the government “to enforce its own policies at provincial or local level”.

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