The protracted public sector strike is officially over. This after government and public sector unions settled on a 7% salary increase for public servants. Wage negotiations dragged on for six months.
The increase will be backdated to May. The breakthrough came during talks at the Bargaining Council in Pretoria. Unions had initially demanded a 10% wage increase.
The increases will be dated back to May and for the financial year 2013 to 2015 public wage salary increases will be based on the average projected CPI plus 1%. Government will also recognise Long Service employees who have been in the public service between ten and forty years and reward them.
Also offered is recognition of improved qualifications including a once-off cash bonus of 10% of employees' annual salary. Parties have also agreed to amend qualifying periods for pay progression from 12 to 24 months for new employees in the public service.
Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the agreement indicates what can be achieved when parties join hands. She will be addressing the media tomorrow.