Public Service and Administration Minister, Ms Noxolo Kiviet

Government has reached a deal with trade unions representing public servants at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) to end the strike.

This was confirmed by the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) in a statement issued on Wednesday, that the employer and trade unions, concluded a settlement agreement to end the strike.

“The parties at the PSCBC (government, the National, Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU), the South African Policing Union (SAPU), the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA), the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, concluded a settlement agreement to end the strike and bring back all parties to the Council for the 2023/25 wage negotiations.

“The DPSA takes this opportunity to thank the parties who participated in the PSCBC led facilitation process for their constructive engagement which culminated in the parties concluding a settlement agreement on the cessation of hostilities and orderly return of public servants to work.

“The settlement agreement paves the way for the parties to return to the 2023/24 wage negotiations.

“As part of managing the return of all parties to the negotiations, a Special Council has been convened for today, 15 March 2023 to receive the submission of residual matters emanating from the 2022/23 wage negotiations,” read the DPSA statement.

Government further expressed its appreciation to trade unions who remained in Council and continued to negotiate.

“Government reiterates its commitment to the bargaining process and will work with all relevant partners to ensure that the importance of the system is protected and respected.

“We are looking forward to constructive engagements in line with the spirit of the settlement agreement,” read the statement.