Public servants ‘may strike during Cup’
THE Public Servants’ Association (PSA) may strike during the World Cup, it said yesterday after reports it had signed an agreement not to embark on industrial action for 30 days.
The PSA had informed the Home Affairs Minister there was no guarantee of its members not striking or protesting during the tournament, said the union.
The PSA said in a statement yesterday that it remained in dispute with the state after salary negotiations deadlocked.
“An official of the home affairs department phoned the PSA negotiator in the departmental bargaining chamber, enquiring whether the PSA would be willing to enter into such an agreement.
“The official was informed the PSA would definitely not be willing to comply.”
The PSA claimed the department asked an employee – a PSA member – to sign the agreement on the PSA’s behalf.
“The member who signed the declaration did not have the authority to do so and entered into the declaration without a mandate,” the PSA said. – Sapa