FEDUSA optimistic about an 8% wage increase settlement

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) says it is optimistic that government will get back to it to discuss the union’s 8% wage increase demand on Friday.

Public servants were engaged in countrywide protests over a wage dispute with the government in the past two weeks.

The union was demanding a 10% wage increase, while the government has moved from a 4.7% to 7%.

FEDUSA’s Deputy General Secretary Ashley Benjamin adds: “We’ve made great strides. We started with 10%, government moved 4.7% cent to 7% which is commendable. We are now at 8%. So, we are confident that government will table a revised offer of something that we can take to our members and recommend for settlement. We are fairly optimistic. The ball is in the government’s court and we trust that they will come back to us by today with a revised offer.”