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    Public sector wage demands REJECTED by Government – here’s why…

    Government reportedly will not be offering an increase to employees in the public sector. The government has rejected the employees’ wage demands. It further proposed that a cash gratuity of R1 000 continue for the 2022/23 financial year.

    On 4 May, unions within the public sector tabled a wage demand. The employer was asked to respond by 19 May. 

    What are the demands?

    Employees are demanding a 10% salary increase, a bursary scheme for government employees’ children, access to the pension fund and a R2 500 housing allowance.

    The Public Servants Association (PSA) revealed that Government has a R20.5 billion budget for salary increment and cannot go over what has already been budgeted for.

    What was Government’s response to the demands?

    PSA did reveal that the employer may withdraw the cash gratuity and use the R20.5 billion for a baseline increase. However, this is not a favourable result for employees as it will reduce cash in the pocket for many.

    In terms of the housing allowance, Government said it would increase with the consumer price index. The bursary scheme for children is under consideration by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

    With regard to the pension fund, Government said this needs to be dealt with at the National Economic Development and Labour Council, reports TimesLIVE.

    “The demand for a 10% increase across-the across-the-board amounts to R49bn and is not affordable. Briefly, the employer did not agree with a single demand from labour and proposed that these demands be deferred to the next round of negotiations owing to non-affordability in the current financial framework,”

    the PSA said to its members.

    Greedy gits! Here’s how many public servants claimed the R350 grant

    Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu says around 5 812 public servants applied for and received the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant (SRD). The public servants fraudulently applied at a cost of R5.8 million.

    Zulu says her department is currently working with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Department of Public Service and Administration and the SAPS. Their aim is to bring the accused public servants to book.

    Although 5 812 public servants were caught and identified, only 242 cases were sent by the department for further investigation. Zulu, in a written Parliamentary Q&A said this was decided to be the best course of action. Read the full story here.

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