The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW) in the Western Cape has once again demonstrated its vigilance and determination in holding the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) accountable. Through the impeccable work of our Shop Stewards within the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), NUPSAW has succeeded in highlighting government’s malicious intent to exploit workers.
In the recent ruling of the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), in the matter involving NUPSAW, the DFFE and DPSA, the Commissioner found that there was non-compliance with PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2007. The Commissioner, thereafter, directed the DPSA and the DFFE to make the adjustment to the basis for calculation of overtime for employees at salary level 8, under Case No.: PSCBC52-20/21.
This victory will not only benefit employees within the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, but the entire public service employees who are at salary level 8. This accommodates public servants at provincial and national government departments who have worked overtime since July 2019 but were remunerated at a lower overtime rate of R299 709,00 as opposed to R316 791,00. The lower overtime rate came as a result of failures of the Department of Public Service and Administration – to issue an Overtime Determination post July 2018. Subsequent to the Arbitration Award, Case No.: PSCBC52-20/21, NUPSAW is now pleased to inform all its members and public servants in general that the Minister of Public Service and Administration has eventually issued the long-awaited Overtime Determination.
This massive victory will see affected workers receiving their long-awaited overtime monies due to them. NUPSAW calls upon the DPSA to do what is correct to save itself from the embarrassment and issue an Overtime Determination, adjusting the basis for calculation of overtime for employees at salary level 8 from R316 791,00 to R321 543,00 with effect from July 2021. Failure to do so, will leave NUPSAW with no other option but to lodge a dispute to the PSCBC – in order to enforce compliance. As a Union, we will not fold arms and watch government taking public servants for a ride.
For more information:
Robinson Nqola, NUPSAW Media Officer
Provincial Office Manager