Government will not budge from its offer of a 6.5% increase to the
public service sector.
Briefing media in Pretoria today, Public Service and Administration
Minister Richard Baloyi urged the sector to accept the offer in the best
interest of the country.
The 6.5% offer is effective from July 1 and the increase of the
housing allowance is from R500 to R630 a month.
The government previously made an offer of an increase of R620 but
have now amended it with an additional R10.
Baloyi said the government would continue with intensive political
engagements with labour union leaders to avert a national strike.
He said he had met the leadership of Cosatu and the Independent
Labour Caucus yesterday and both sides had agreed to resolve the dispute within
the next seven days.
“The settlement that we are giving is a public interest settlement.
We need to come to a point where we find each other. We can’t pay what we can’t
Baloyi said the ink would dry on government’s offer by Wednesday
“We can’t keep going backwards and forwards,” he said.