Media release

Government appeals to the public service unions to return to the Bargaining Chamber

30 August 2010

30 August 2010

Following a meeting between the President and Ministers over the weekend, Government has responded to the President’s directive by calling for urgent talks with union representatives to find a solution that would bring the strike to an end as soon as possible.

Minister of Public Service and Administration, Minister Baloyi has been consulting with union leaders with a view to finding a settlement. Government is committed to finding a solution that is acceptable to all the parties. Such a solution will be tabled at the Public Sector Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) for approval. The PSCBC will convene once the parties have found a solution, which may be as early as this evening.

Government will make every possible endeavour to ensure that a settlement is reached as early as this evening so that all public servants can return to work. We remain optimistic that a solution will indeed be found sooner.

Government shares the public’s concern about the strike and the negative impact that it has had on delivery of such services as schooling and medical care.

Government assures the public that everything will be done to find a solution to the dispute and will work together with public service unions to find an amicable solution to the impasse.
Any new developments regarding the talks will be communicated when it becomes available.

For further enquires please contact:
Themba Maseko

Government Spokesperson
Cell: 083 645 0810

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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