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Civil Servants Accept New Pay Deal In South Africa

The civil servants, who went on an industrial strike earlier this month due to low wages, have settled with the government for a 7.5% pay increase.

FILE PHOTO: Members of the Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA), one of South Africa’s largest public sector unions, take part in a strike amid a pay dispute with the government in Cape Town, South Africa, November 10, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander/File Photo

Civil servants in South Africa are set to receive a 7.5% increase in their wages from the South African Government

The Public Servants Association (PSA) of South Africa, which represented the civil servants, had embarked on months of industrial actions, and had taken to negotiation with the government for a pay increase, finally settled with the government’s offer of a 7.5% wage increase. 

While the PSA was initially pushing for a 10% pay increase, they settled for  what they saw as a fair percentage. Rueben Maleka, the acting Deputy General Manager of the PSA said, “Although it’s not all that we wanted but we believe that the 7.5% will make much better economic sense to our members given the hardships they find themselves in.”

The increase in wages will be implemented from the 1st of April, 2023.

Ozioma Samuel-Ugwuezi