Government to be taken to court for failure to meet wage agreements

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) and its public sector affiliates are taking legal action against government's failure to meet commitments to a three year wage deal struck in June 2018.

With ratings agencies paying careful attention to his his national budget, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced a plan to slash the public wage bill by R160 billion over the next three years. The plan was not tabled at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council before it was announced.

The state wants to re-negotiate the agreement, but FEDUSA and its affiliated unions remain opposed to any form of renegotiation. They argue that the agreement remains legally binding and can only be changed by the Labour Court.

FEDUSA said in a statement on Saturday the Department of Public Service and Administration is bound by this agreement. Papers have now been formally served on all relevant respondents and a case number received after the process was initially delayed due to the hard lockdown implemented at the end of March.

i* Compiled by Carin Smith

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