Pub­lic ser­vants ‘may strike dur­ing Cup’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - ANGELA -

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

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