According to reports, South Africans have been invited to come forward with proposals that might assist in resolving the deadlock between government and organised labour over the public service wage negotiations.
This comes after government and labour reached a deadlock in negotiations on Friday.
Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has, in a previous meeting, called these the most difficult wage negotiations between the parties that the country has ever faced.
Mchunu based this on a number of factors, including the bad state of the country’s economy, COVID-19, the outcome in the Labour Appeal Court, with organised labour appealing the decision in the Constitutional Court, as well as the need for urgent reforms in the public service, to name a few.
According to Mchunu’s office, a number of proposals have been put forth by experts, such as economists and actuaries, as well as other individuals. The viability of these is currently being probed, however, Mchunu says government is open to more proposals.
Citizens, professionals and civil organisations are all invited to assist in resolving the deadlock by providing proposals, including innovative ideas, on how best to improve government, citizen and labour relations.
Those interested may contact Media Liaison Officer, Kamogelo Mogotsi on 076 523 0085 or via email at Kamogelo.Mogotsi@dpsa.gov.za