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Tito’s balancing act leaves Cosatu livid about public servants’ wages

The union says government is using public servants as a scapegoat for economic mismanagement

Caiphus Kgosana and Thabo Mokone

Finance minister Tito Mboweni stuck to his hard line on the salaries of public servants during his budget speech in the national assembly on Wednesday afternoon, proposing “moderate adjustments” to wage increases,  way below inflation.

But National Treasury did not close the door entirely to increased demands by public servants and the next round of wage negotiations is about to kick off.

Speaking at the post-budget media briefing, director-general Dondo Mogajane said that a specific amount has been budgeted for public sector wages does not mean negotiations at the Public Service Bargaining Council, where the state discusses wage increases with public sector unions, are automatically suspended...

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