Should a strike go ahead, this will see teachers and employees in the health sectors down tools in a fight for better wages. This is the view of Nkosinathi Mabhida, who speaks on behalf of Cosatu public service unions, who last week officially withdrew from a wage agreement with the state.
The public service unions resolved to suspend their participation in all collective bargaining processes in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council and other sectors until the dispute over the implementation of 6.4% – instead of the agreed 7% – salary increase is resolved.
“The employers have two weeks to give workers their 7% salary increases which was agreed upon, and should they fail to do so then public servants might take to the streets.
“We are consulting with our members on the ground, and from what we have gathered so far, many of them are not happy about the latest developments. They are frustrated and angry. Independent Labour Caucus, Basil Manuel said while public servants were incensed they were hoping the matter would be resolved.