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JOHANNESBURG - The Public Servants Association (PSA) on Wednesday issued a statement in which it "strongly condemned attempts by the state as employer to derail the current Public Service wage negotiations and has warned that a dispute is looming".

The statement said parties to the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council embarked on a facilitation process to speed up the negotiation process. The last offer from the employer was tabled on 26 January 2018.

“Unfortunately, this process has now instead resulted in more frustrations and delays. Actual negotiations on the wage increase have also not yet formally commenced as parties are still in facilitation," said PSA General Manager Ivan Fredericks. 

"The process continued yesterday but failed to yield results as the employer did not have a mandate to engage on the crucial matters of cost-of-living adjustments, the Housing Allowance, or pay progression.” 

The statement said during a meeting on 9 April 2018, the PSA raised concern with the delaying tactics by the employer and expressed frustration with the slow progress. 

"The PSA and other unions have granted the employer until 16:00 on 10 April 2018 to obtain a mandate and continue engagements," said Fredericks. 

Council will convene on 12 April to continue with actual negotiations. 

“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 238 000 public servants, will be left with no option but to explore dispute resolution processes,” said Fredericks.

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The PSA also advised its members and other public servants to ignore rumours about a new salary offer by the employer. 

“These messages are a hoax. There is no new formal offer on the table. The PSA will continue to exert pressure to finalise this matter,” said Fredericks.

- African News Agency (ANA)