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Update public sector wage negotiations

Update public sector wage negotiations Trade unions admitted in the Public Service Coordination Bargaining Council (PSCBC) submitted their demands on matters of mutual interest, this also included wage demands on the 1st March 2021 to the employer through the PSCBC. Parties as per the provisions of PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2017 met on 15 and 16 March 2021 in pre negotiations where they discussed the demands in the context of the current economic outlook of the country, financial despair of public servants and the fiscal restrictions of government. Council convened on 29, 30 March 2021 and again on 15 April 2021 where Labour clarified their demands and the employer responded to the demands of Labour. In the meeting of 15 April 2021 the employer expressed a limitation on engaging on the cost of living adjustment (COLA) demand of Labour and indicated that as per the current provisions of the budget, no provision was made for the adjustment of salaries of public servants. Labour requested the employer to seek further or new mandates on the COLA adjustment and revert to Council. Council reconvened today 23 April 2021 to engage. Parties engaged but could not reach agreement on substantial issues. The employer in their response to the COLA demand indicated the possibility of providing for a payment of a cash bonus to employees in lieu of the demand for a CPI plus increase. The funding however, will be generated from redirecting funds from the baseline of current remunerative allowances. Labour rejected the proposal from the employer as they believe the employer has not responded to the demands. Labour believes that the employer is “giving” to them by “taking” in other areas. Labour declared a deadlock. The Council will work with parties to continue to seek an amicable resolution to this impasse. We want to encourage parties to continue to show leadership in this extremely difficult period and to engage openly, robustly and honestly in seeking resolutions. Issued by General Secretary: PSCBC