Government and labour unions have agreed on a three year salary settlement. For 2012 public servants will get a 7% increase effective from May 1. Over the next two years the increase is Consumer Price Index plus 1%. The agreement ends six months of tough negotiations.
The employer is relieved that after six months of difficult negotiations parties have finally come to this conclusion. "The Agreement indicates what is possible when parties join hands to solve challenges," says Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
"This three year agreement allows for the employer and labour to implement all elements of the agreement, the three years are also in line with Government planning cycle and ensure stability and proper planning for both parties," she added.
Over the next two years the increase is Consumer Price Index plus 1%.
As part of the agreement, the employer and labour have committed themselves to a working relationship towards a service delivery accord that will ensure high productivity, efficiency and professionalism in the public service.
The state also committed to invest in public servants through skilling and empowerment to ensure higher productivity in the public service. The minister believes this is a fair settlement that covers all parties concerned.