Civil servants' salaries have increased by nearly 40% in real terms over the past decade ...
South Africa plans to freeze public sector salaries for the next three years to help reduce its payroll bill and contain a ballooning budget deficit.
South Africa spends about a third of its budget on salaries for civil servants, including national and regional officials, doctors, teachers and police.
The Treasury is seeking to reduce the wage bill by about 311 billion rand by 2023/24. It chose not to implement the wage increase this year that was agreed upon in 2018. It also proposed a wage freeze for the next three years.
Some analysts believe the government will not be able to implement the promised cuts because the ANC needs its union allies to help garner support in next year's local elections.
aimed at physically collecting our money as Public Servants from Tito and to raise sharply the issue of the onslaught on collective bargaining, austerity measures and neoliberal policies by National Treasury and the intended wage freeze,” the union said.
The union accused finance minister Tito Mboweni and National Treasury of reversing ‘the hard-won gains of workers while peeing on collective bargaining’.
“They are intending to cut R60 billion in 2021/22, R90 billion in 2022/23 and R150 billion in 2023/24 from the public sector wage bill and they have already started with the R37 billion from the last leg of the 2018 wage agreement.”
Nehawu said it will never accept a wage freeze on behalf of its members and workers.
“Furthermore, we condemn the misleading statement by Mr Mboweni that engagements are taking place creating an impression that we agree with the wage freeze or the non-implementation of salary increases f