“In fact, payroll is really the biggest effort. The unions were also really proactive, which I appreciated. They don`t want to be the sacrificial lamb and they said there were a number of other areas where we can look at savings,” said the president. – SAnews.gov.za The last collective bargaining in the public service began in October 2017 and culminated on June 8, 2018 in a three-year collective agreement. The collective agreement was implemented effective April 1, 2018 and covers the period 2018/19 to 2020/21. The agreement calls for an increase to come into effect on April 1, 2020. This then requires cost control measures to ensure that the payroll remains within existing compensation limits. The 2018 mtef (which covers the period 2018/19-2020/21) provided R110 billion for salary adjustments and improvements to other terms of service for workers within the scope of the CSLP. In a statement by Mr. Dumisani Nkwamba, Ministry of Public Service and Administration, June 8, 2018 Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo said that the ongoing wage negotiations, supported by the Public Service Coordinating Council (PSCBC), took place amid growing concerns about the increase in the public service payroll and the shrinking economy, which have posed serious challenges for the struggling public treasury. Accommodations are included in the Professional Dispensing Staff (OSD) and apply from 1 April 2018. The agreement has now been signed by a majority of 65.74% of all parties, which is why, as a government, we understand that all forms of trade union action are now abolished. The Minister`s indication that the employer will not be discussing the issue in the media, but at the same time taking the opportunity to obtain public support for the employer`s position, is nothing short of hypocritical.
The minister says the government has continued to commit to implementing the 2018 wage agreement, but “AT STAKE IS COMME DO.” We say, “Honour the ministers of the agreement.”