PSA says it will step up pressure on government over wages

Government departments from home affairs to licensing departments are expected to see disruptionio

Civil servants marched past Parliament in Cape Tow on November 10, 2022 to protest over wages. Photo: Melikhaya Zagagana/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG — The Civil Servants Association of South Africa said it would step up pressure on the government on Tuesday over wages — thousands of workers are expected to stop work to demand a better deal.

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Government services, from home affairs to licensing departments, are expected to experience disruption.

Last week the government stood firm on its final offer, but it angered unions.

Three federations Cosatu, Saftu and Fedusa joined forces to get the government to honor its 2018 wage deal.

Gauteng workers will meet at Burgers Park in Pretoria before marching to the National Treasury office nearly a mile away.

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Unions are then expected to submit a brief of demands, including calls for a 10% pay rise on the baseline.

The workers also want a housing allowance and the maintenance of a cash allowance.

KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Free State and the Eastern Cape are expected to hold parallel marches.

Meanwhile, the march in Cape Town has been called off amid a two-day taxi protest in the mother city that started on Monday.

While the government has sounded the alarm about the consequences if workers abandon their posts, workers have still vowed to disrupt service delivery.

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