Wage negotiations (Updated 22 April 2018)
- Published: 16 March 2018 16 March 2018
UPDATE 22 APRIL 2018
Refer to the statement from the DPSA.
DPSA asks for more time on wage negotiations
UPDATE 20 APRIL
Refer to the main article on the Home page
UPDATED 9 APRIL 2018
(NAPTOSA National News Flash 6 of 2018)
Wage negotiations in the PSCBC resumed on 4 April 2018 and continued on 5 April.
NAPTOSA approached the negotiations with an open mind in the hope that it would result in an agreement in the 2 days set aside for this purpose.
To our dismay we have to report that progress in the negotiations has been slow and that it is unlikely that the matter will be concluded in time for implementation in April.
It is true that members will not lose out if the negotiations are only concluded later (in the sense that any salary increase will be backdated to 1 April 2018). It is, however, frustrating and most disappointing that, having granted the employer a reprieve due to the changes that have taken place on the political front and in government, the employer has not brought anything to the table to move the negotiations forward.
NAPTOSA, together with the other public service unions, will be seriously assessing, its next course of action. For this purpose a Principals’ meeting of all the unions has been called for Monday morning, 9 April 2018, to be followed by the continuation of the negotiations in the afternoon.
Members will be kept updated as the process unfolds.
Please note that details of the negotiations are not reported on because of the nature of the process where positions constantly change, save to say that Labour’s position, as previously conveyed to members, is still the same.
UPDATED 27 MARCH 2018
Please be informed that, following the postponement of the wage negotiations that were to have resumed on 22 March 2018, the negotiations have now been rescheduled for 4 and 5 April 2018
UPDATE 23 MARCH
Please note that wage negotiations, scheduled to resume on 22 March, have been postponed until further notice.
Messages are doing the rounds on social media that an agreement has been reached in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) on a wage increase for 2018.
Please note that the wage negotiations stalled in February 2018 when the employer requested a postponement, presumably as a result of the political changes in the country and the subsequent Cabinet reshuffle which saw the appointment of new Ministers for the Public Service and Administration as well as Finance. There is, therefore, no agreement on a salary increase and other benefits. Any message that suggests otherwise should be treated as fake news.
NAPTOSA will inform members when the negotiations resume.