Cosatu unions to march for salary increases

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu House in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu House in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

The seven unions affiliated to the Congress of SA Trade Unions on Thursday said they would march to the Finance department in Pretoria next week in an attempt to make the government accede to their wage increase demands.

This was after a three-day conciliation process with the employer on wage negotiations hit the impasse.

The unions are demanding a 10% increase and a R1500 housing allowance, while the State is offering a 5.8% salary adjustment and a R1100 housing allowance. They represent about 1.3 million public servants.

The announcement of a march, planned for April 23, was made at the seven unions’ joint media briefing in Centurion, outside Pretoria.

Addressing reporters at the same briefing, general secretary of the National Education, health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), Bereng Soke blamed the impasse on the Department of Finance.

“All our unions will be mobilising their members for a massive march in Pretoria to the Finance department,” said Soke.

“We have always maintained that at the centre of employers’ lack of cooperation and intransigence is the department of finance. The biggest enemy of workers and the working class is the

Treasury. They will do everything to oppress the workers so as to please foreign institutions and ratings agencies.”

Other unions that will form part of the march include the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) as well as Public and Allied Workers Union of SA (PAWUSA).




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