Public Servants Association outlines picketing plans for November

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The Public Servants Association (PSA) has outlined its picket plans for November, saying a full-blown strike is expected in the coming weeks.

The PSA has obtained a strike certificate, which allows workers to embark on industrial action from November 3 should a wage agreement not be reached.

Public servants unions say their members will continue rejecting government’s 3% wage increase offer.

The PSA’s Claude Naiker says workers will down tools nationwide, should government fail to negotiate a better deal.

“The program of action will entail that we will start picketing during lunchtimes from 3 November, which will culminate in a nationwide march on 10 November. We will continue with our picketing thereafter, leading to a full-blown industrial action,” adds Naiker.

The audio clip below is the full interview with Naiker:

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has defended government’s decision on public service increases.

He addressed the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry lunch on Monday.

“We don’t want a strike, but I am trying to tell you the challenge I have, the cost of the wage bill is the single biggest item at the moment,” adds Godongwana.

The video below is reporting on the public sector workers’ picket: