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: