South Africa: Unions mull over new wage offer

source: IOL
August 12 2010 at 10:59PM

The government increased its offer to more than a million state workers in an effort to head off a mass strike, sources in the talks said on Thursday.

The government offered to increase the monthly housing allowance to R700 from R630, but kept its wage rise offer at seven percent, the sources said. The unions are demanding an 8.6-percent pay rise and R1 000 for housing.

The talks were held hours before a deadline set by the unions, which staged a one-day strike on Tuesday, for the government to come up with a better deal or risk a prolonged stoppage they say will bring public services to [continue reading]

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