NUPSAW SUBMITS AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF PSA’S LABOUR COURT APPLICATION AGAINST GOVERNMENT FOR FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT SALARY ADJUSTMENTS FOR PUBLIC SERVANTS
The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW) welcome and fully support the application made by the Public Servants Association (PSA) at Labour Court against the government on the 05 June 2020.
As previously planned we applied for a case number in April so that we could file our own affidavit but the Courts were closed and we were only issued with the same this week. NUPSAW will then file its affidavit in support of the PSA case since their founding affidavit deposed is almost a replica of our own as does their notice of motion.
The government has failed and is refusing to implement the current agreement. The agreement. i.e. PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018 provide for a three-year multi-term agreement on the salary adjustment and improvements to conditions of service for employees during the financial years 2018/2019; 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.
NUPSAW is aware that the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) proposed an amend that employees on levels 1-7 receive a CPI increase of 4.4%. As far the legal position of the agreement there is no dispute as to the interpretation and application of clause 3.3 of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018. The Government should not use the COVID-19 as an excuse as their intentions to renege from the agreement was made clear by both the State President as well as the Minister of Finance in the State of the Nation Address and the Budget speech respectively. We do not have a mandate to renegotiate the agreement, which legally binds the state as employer and the employees with the scope of the PSCBC for three- years from the period of 2018-2021.
NUPSAW has no option but to ensure that the government respects agreements that they have reached. We need an honest government, not authorities that do not appreciate the rule of law.
The position of the union remains as communicated that there will be NO review of resolution 1 of 2018. We continue to demand that the clause 3.3 be implemented as it is. If the state as employer continues to refuse to implement then we will force the government to comply through Labour Court. The union is very clear that the PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018 must be implemented as is.
For more information:
NUPSAW Media Officer
083 712 1614