Govt tables final public wage offer

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

afford.”

Baloyi said the ink would dry on government’s offer by Wednesday

next week.

“We can’t keep going backwards and forwards,” he said.

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