S.African public sector unions table inflation-linked wage demands

PUBLISHED: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:25:18 GMT

CAPE TOWN, March 1 (Reuters) – South Africa’s public sector unions want a general salary rise of consumer inflation plus 4% for all workers, according to a labour document presented on Monday, as talks began over a new wage deal.

The list of 16 demands, which includes better housing payments and a risk allowance of 12% of basic salary because of the COVID-19 pandemic, comes amid heightened tension between unions representing over 1 million teachers, nurses and police and the state over salaries.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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