The Public Servants Association has finally signed the draft public sector wage agreement, which includes a 1.5% wage increase, bringing an end to the marathon negotiations between the government and unions.

The PSA represents 18% of the country’s 1.2 million civil servants.

It’s signature brings the number of unions which have accepted government’s current wage offer to over 50%, which is the statutory majority.

The agreement will also give civil servants a cash gratuity of up to R1 695. The 1.5% wage increase will be back dated to the beginning of this month.

“With the signature of the PSA it signals the end of negotiations which now means the resolution of the PSBC enjoys the majority and is ready for implementation” says PSA General Manager, Reuben Maleka.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union, which represents 21% of the workforce, was the first to accept, while other Cosatu affiliates, Nehawu and Popcru, have rejected it.

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