Civil servant wages: Govt rejects union claims of bad faith bargaining in 2018 deal

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Government told the Constitutional Court it did not bargain in bad faith during the 2018 three-year public service wage deal which it abandoned before the third year.
Government told the Constitutional Court it did not bargain in bad faith during the 2018 three-year public service wage deal which it abandoned before the third year.
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National Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) denied that government bargained in bad faith during the 2018 negotiations for a three-year public service wage deal - which it abandoned before it could pay out the agreed increase in the third year.

Government and public service unions were at the Constitutional Court on Tuesday to hear unions' application for the Labour Appeal Court decision to set the deal aside, even though government had honoured the first two years of the deal.

Unions approached the Constitutional Court charging that government accepted the agreement in 2018 to avoid a strike, knowing that it would make an about-turn on the deal in the third year by arguing that it was unlawful, improper or unaffordable.

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