SA escapes risk of wage strike



May 21 st, 2015

SA has avoided a potential crippling strike with the signing of a wage agreement between the unions and the government, said Parliament on Wednesday. A pay increase agreement was concluded on Tuesday which provides a 7% salary increase for public workers. The wage increase in 2016 and 2017 will be equal to the consumer price index at 1% more.  The unions initially demanded a 15% increase but had lowered it to 10 % during the September negotiation. The agreement also represents an increase of government’s 28% contribution towards medical aid and a R1,200 housing allowance per month. The agreement conclusion was welcomed by the public services parliamentary committee.

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