By: Poelano Malema
Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has described the 2021 wage talks as “the most difficult negotiations” the country has ever faced.
The government and labour reached a deadlock on negotiations on Thursday.
Employers insisted on a 0% cost of living adjustment, while unions maintained their CPI plus 4% demand.
The deadlock has resulted in the minister asking the public to intervene.
He asked for the public to submit proposals.
“Whilst government has made mention of the fact that it has appointed a Lead Negotiator, and whilst government has since responded to Labour’s demands, the parties have reached a deadlock. A number of proposals have been put forth by experts such as economists and actuaries as well as other individuals; the viability of those proposals is being probed. Government is passionately keen on making further efforts to find a solution and in this regard, is inviting proposals,” said the minister on Monday.
“Having elaborated on the four components which comprise the public service during the briefing, namely: the Citizens, Government, Public Service and Public Servants, the minister is making a call for proposals that might potentially resolve the deadlock in respect of the wage negotiations,” he added.
The call is open to citizens, professionals, and civil organisations.
Proposals can be sent to Ministerial Liaison Officer Kamogelo Mogotsi at [email protected]