In your opinion in support of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), the Union for Civil Rights of Police and Prisons (Popcru) and the Democratic Organization of South Africa (Denosa), lawyer Ngwako Maenetje, Lawyer Ngwako Maenetje argued that the government could not be allowed to depart from the agreement because it did not act in time when it acknowledged that the collective agreement did not comply with the law. The government has asked the unions to postpone the long-awaited trial of raising the salaries of public sector workers until after 1 February and has said it wants to try to reach an agreement. In the October medium-term budget statement, the provinces made budget cuts of R60 billion. If the pay increase in court is due, the provinces will have to go back to April 1 the wage increases, which amount to billions of margins… READ ALSO: The Ministry of Finance defends the decision to freeze public sector increases In October, Mboweni announced that the government would freeze public service salaries over the next three years to save R10 billion. Mboweni also argued that the government`s commitment to reducing the public sector payroll was the key to averting the sovereign debt crisis. Public sector unions plan to “move forward” on Wednesday with a court hearing where they will hear their appeals over the government`s decision on the proposed wage increase earlier this year. He said the three-year employment contract signed in 2018 did not meet the legal obligation to ensure tax accessibility and sustainability. The government argues that the wage agreement was not valid because it did not meet a mandatory requirement for tax accessibility.
He says the april wage increases would cost more than 37 billion rand ($2.4 billion) at a time when public funds are extremely overburdened. JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers representing the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) argued Wednesday that the 2018 collective agreement had obtained the necessary approvals before being signed. But the unions argued that the employer`s challenge was that they were negotiating with various means to save money to raise money from wage increases, and now that the government had not, it wanted workers to bear the main burden of their challenge. “Even if the court finds that the agreement is not valid, it has a wide margin of appreciation, given the context in which this agreement was reached and the behaviour of the cabinet and ministers, that the right way is not to let the government go. And also the importance of collective bargaining,” Maenetje said. The government said it had reached the agreement in 2018, partly out of fear of negative publicity and the possibility of work disturbances. “Especially not in the conditions of Covid 19; annual increases that exceed inflation and outpace those of the private sector. JOHANNESBURG – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said Covid-19 had invalidated and unenforceable the three-year collective agreement with public sector unions under very different circumstances. Lawyer William Mokhari SC, who represented Nehawu, said the government had not approached the unions to renegotiate the implementation of the agreement, but simply said the agreement was not valid.
In its opposition documents, the government stated that the agreement was not valid because it had not been approved by cabinet, including anomalies. The government kept wages flat in April and said it could not afford increases due to the COVID 19 pandemic. But public sector unions see the 2018 agreement as a binding agreement and say the government cannot move away from it after the first two years. Mboweni told the Labour Appeals Court, in his 33-day argument, that the application of a public service clause that would coordinate the collective agreement, which would cost fiscus R37.8 billion public service unions, brought the government to justice after