Update on Public Servants Wage and Other Conditions of Service Negotiations
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
The Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) is constituted by the following trade unions; DENOSA, HOPSERSA, NAPTOSA, NEHAWU, POPCRU, PSA, SADTU, SAPU representing 1,2 million public servants and the State as Employer representative of all National Departments and Provincial Governments.
The process of negotiations for a wage adjustment and other conditions of service, started on the 1st March 2021 with the submission of demands from Labour. These negotiations take place against the backdrop of the application for leave to appeal the Labour Appeal Court judgement on the implementation of Clause 3.3 of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018, at the Constitutional Court. In facilitating the process, the PSCBC is duly aware of these challenges and fully respect the view and opinion of both parties to council.
In leading up to the start of the negotiations, parties met on the 16th March 2021 under the auspices of the PSCBC as required in clause 16.3. of the PSCBC constitution and PSCBC Resolution 03 of 2017.
Parties in the pre-negotiations session shared information on the economic outlook within which the negotiations will take place. A time table for the negotiations process going forward, together with milestones were also determined at this session. The PSCBC convened parties on the 29th March 2021 and the 30th March 2021 to start the negotiations within the 21 day time frame as required by the constitution of the Council. Parties agreed to engage constructively.
During the two day session, Government provided a context of which parties should be cognisant of these in terms of the negotiations and also sought clarity on Labours demands. Labour provided the employer with clarity on their demands and motivated the reasoning for their demands. In view of the submissions made by labour, the employer requested an opportunity to review and refine their responses to the demands, after which they will revert to
Council. Parties have an obligation in terms of the PSCBC constitution to seek agreement on the demands within a 21 day period (working days) from the date of the expiry of the first initial 21 day period which included the pre- negotiations phase. The initial 21 day period lapses on the 31st March 2021.
The PSCBC will continue to bring parties together during this period to engage on the demands in attempting to find an amicable solution. Council will announce the return dates soon.
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Mr Frikkie De Bruin
PSCBC: General Secretary
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