Gauteng – The Public Servants Association (PSA) says it will go on strike from next Monday to voice its unhappiness with the public-sector wage negotiations. PSA vowed to cripple the economy with its upcoming strike. The Public Servants Association has assured public protest strikes including at SASSA, over long-standing failed wage discussions. The union said it had served the department of public service and administration with a 7-days’ notice to strike. Employers are offering a 7 percent salary hike, but the union wants Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo to agree to a 12 percent hike.
PSA, which has about 230 000 members, has been among a group of unions that have declined to sign the three-year remuneration deal following months of consultations with the government. The union said the deal presently on the table did not represent its member’s benefits and was far below what was expected. South Africa’s border, courts of law and water labours are expected to take part in the strike.
Maepa said that the federation’s purpose was not to shut down essential services such as hospitals or police services. However, it wanted to “disrupt”. He said the strike will be unspecified and it will be disruptive. When we are on strike, Jacob Zuma does not have to worry that he will be prosecuted, because there will be nobody in the courts.” Maepa said “We are expecting to close down all the border gates of this country and the department of water affairs. Maepa warned, the PSA wants a 12% increase across the board for its members. PSA general manager Ivan Fredericks said the union issued strike notices for 11 June based on government’s “failure to present reasonable salary offers.”