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Labour unions to intensify their fight for wage increases

Neelam Rahimneelam@radioislam.co.za

3 min read
31 December 2022 | 6:46 pm CAT

Labour unions representing workers in the public sector are looking to 2023 intensify their fight for wage increases. Popcru has outright rejected the government’s 3% increase which has been unilaterally implemented by the government, threatening a full-blown strike. The S.A. Federation of Trade Unions and the Federation of Unions S.A. are due to meet next year.

In conversation with Radio Islam International PSA President, Dr Lufuno Mulaudzi shares his thoughts about their action plan for the New Year.

The plans for the PSA regarding strike action for the year 2023 include intensified picketing and will stay away from wage negotiations for the new cycle of 2023 and 2024.

However, Dr Mulaudzi said a total shutdown of public service would be embarked upon should the demands for a 10/ increase in 2021 and 2022 are not met by employers.

PSA had previously demanded a request for the retrospective payments of 2020, which the government still needs to honour.

According to Dr Mulaudzi, the employer must approach the table and communicate to employee affordability, which has to be reasonable to public servants.

Meanwhile, Dr Mulaudzi argues that demand will only be met by exerting pressure on the government.

The year 2023 may see a similar pattern emerging regarding strikes, as many Unions will seek wage increases as the cost of living is constantly rising.

Listen to the interview with Annisa Essack and Dr Lufuno Mulaudzi on Radio Islam’s podcast.

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