Public service wage bill is not sustainable: wage growth should be linked to productivity

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2010
TITLE AUTHOR(S): U.Pillay
KEYWORDS: PUBLIC SERVICES SECTOR, SALARY INCOME, STRIKES, WAGE INEQUALITY, WAGES
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 6513

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Abstract

As this piece is being written, close to a million public service workers are out on strike demanding a salary increase of 8.6%, and a monthly housing allowance of R1 000. The government has dug in its heels and has offered workers an increase of 7%, and a housing allowance of R700.