South Africa’s largest trade union federations – SAFTU, COSATU and FEDUSA – announced that affiliated public service unions will intensify industrial action and take to the streets next week Tuesday, 22 November.
PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS PLAN NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
The federations spoke at a joint press conference Public Service Collective Bargaining Council (PSCBC) in Centurion on Thursday, 17 November.
Last week, the Public Service Association (PSA) union marched over the government’s refusal to meet workers’ wage demands.
The government insists it cannot give the unions more than the 3% increase that was pushed through in Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana’s mini-budget in October.
Unions are also angered by what they view as the government undermining the collective bargaining process.
PSA dropped its wage increase demand to 6.5% but raised it to 10% after talks broke down. COSATU, SAFTU and FEDUSA have stuck to their demand of 10%.
“The recent unilateral implementation of the 3% increases will not deter our focus to fight for better salary increases. We have given negotiations a chance and have extended the engagements beyond the set period. Our fight is not only for the cost-of-living adjustment but also for the protection of collective bargaining,” said the federations in a joint statement.
Workers across the country will participate in a National Day of Action on 22 November. In the capital, Pretoria, the main march will be to the offices of the National Treasury. There will be activities in all provinces, said the federations.
“We call on all our members and public servants to join the National Day of Action on Tuesday 22nd November 2022 as a show of force to push back the frontiers of government oppression and fight the attempt to reverse the constitutional gains that workers have earned with their blood and sweat,” read the statement.
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