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Mchunu calls on public to propose resolution to wage talks deadlock

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Minister Senzo Mchunu is calling on the public to submit proposals on how the state should go about resolving the wage talks deadlock with trade unions.

Minister of Public Service and Administration, Senzo Mchunu took to Twitter on Monday, 26 April 2021, to endorse a statement on the wage talks deadlock. The minister is calling on the public to submit proposals on how to resolve the wage disputes between the state and trade unions.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) have been at the forefront of the activity. The two are against the suggested zero percent wage increase for public service workers. Moreover, the state and trade unions reached a deadlock when the state refused to compromise.

According to the statement, “Mchunu based this on a number of factors, including the bad state of the country’s economy, COVID-19, the outcome in the Labour Appeal Court, with organised labour appealing the decision in the Constitutional Court, as well as the need for urgent reforms in the public service, to name a few.”

Additionally, in clarifying who can submit proposals, the statement noted, “Citizens, professionals and civil organisations are all invited to assist in resolving the deadlock by providing proposals, including innovative ideas, on how best to improve government, citizen and labour relations.”

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