NUPSAW will not sign the Public Service salary agreement in its current form as it discriminates our level 8-12 members against the rest of the members, especially in subsequent years. This position was adopted by the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) and we believe it was the right decision.
In the given scenarios NUPSAW gave some serious concerns about the draft agreement as presented by the employer i.e. a missing claw-back clause for CPI change between the actual and the projected. In other words, there is no room for any compensation should the CPI during a specific financial period be higher than projected.
Further to the above, NUPSAW mandate is that we should not sign an agreement which once again takes away the members rights to Housing Allowance. It takes it away in that it gives the employer the sole right to design and implement a Permission to Occupy (PTO). There is currently PTOs being issued by various entities like parents, relatives, chiefs, tribal authorities and the like. What the employer wants to introduce and is being given unfettered powers to do so is to bring in clauses which will exclude a number of qualifying members. The same goes for this. Not-withstanding the fact that the agreement seeks to fool our members that the government will address issues like the same PTO, Family responsibility (blank for the government cheque).
We are also rejecting the Review of the Comprehensive Danger Insurance. Our members need danger allowance as we believe that the insurance cover will invariably result in the withdrawal of danger allowance. We cannot agree with taking away any cent from our members.
“NUPSAW rejects this agreement with the contempt it deserves”, says Success Mataitsane, General Secretary of NUPSAW.
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General Secretary, NUPSAW
Cell 082 323 2958
Thariza Steyn, Cell 082 455 2215,