The negotiation teams have been locked in negotiations since October, but appear to be nowhere close to reaching an agreement.
The Public Servants Association (PSA) general manager, Ivan Fredericks, said the last offer from the employer was tabled in January, but unions felt it fell short of its demands.
“The PSA believes that the employer is negotiating in bad faith, using unnecessary delaying tactics. Should no real progress be made or proper negotiations not commence, the PSA, as representative union of more than 238000 public servants, will be left with no option but to explore dispute resolution processes,” Fredericks said.
Parties to the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council will convene today to continue with negotiations. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development last year said South Africa’s wage bill is one of the highest among its developing country peers. The National Treasury in its 2018 Budget Review said the government is working to ensure that the current wage negotiations process results in a fair and sustainable agreement.