MEDIA STATEMENTS: Minister for the Public Service and Administration undertakes to collaborate with all public service unions

Date: 20 Apr 2017

Minister for the Public Service and Administration Ms Faith Muthambi, has undertaken to work closely with all Public Service Unions to address outstanding matters on conditions of service and implementation of agreements. The commitment by the Minister follows consultative engagement with the COSATU-aligned public service unions and the Independent Labour Caucus in Pretoria.

The Minister also met with the leadership of the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) led by the Secretary-General Mr Frikkie de Bruin.

Minister Muthambi also took note of concerns raised by the Unions with regard to the implementation of the Government Employees Housing Scheme.

"It is imperative that the Government Employees Housing Scheme is implemented in accordance with the PSCBC agreement. We therefore need to relook at how the Scheme should be better implemented to benefit workers, public servants who are struggling with financing for housing," said the Minister.

The Minister stressed the importance of collective implementation of agreements within the framework of the PSCBC and thus avoid unilateral implementation of bargaining matters.

"It is critical that we work for a productive and stable public service. We have to collaborate with our labour partners and ensure that the public service machinery functions with the ultimate goal of delivering efficient services to the people"

The Minister also undertook to address with speed all agreements on conditions of service-related matters that are still outstanding including complaints around the Government Employees Medical Scheme.

Issued by the Ministry for the Public Service and Administration

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