GOVT REACTS ON 10% OFFER
Government is equally shocked that it offered a reviewed 10 per cent cost of living adjustment (COLA) offer to public sector associations during last week’s court appearance through its lawyer, Ndabehle Dlamini from the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Public Sector Associations early this week rejected the so-called offer, saying as far as they were concerned government has not made any improved offer from the zero per cent they have been offering all along.
Public Service Principal Secretary Evart Madlopha said as far as they were concerned there was no new offer on the table.
“Our position has not changed from the zero per cent we have been offering. We don’t know where that 10 per cent came from. Maybe if you can ask the office of the Attorney General they may shed some light on where that came from,” he said.
AG Sifiso Khumalo when asked on the issue, he said as far as he was aware, they had no instruction to table any new offer. “Our counsel refutes having made such an offer or inferred that such could be a position of government. From what I heard is that the 10 per cent was a proposal from the public sector unions legal team and definitely not from us. He had no mandate to make such an offer, hence it couldn’t have been him to do so. The reason that the court allowed our counsel to consult the chairman of the Joint Negotiating Team (JNT) who was in court is an indication that such couldn’t have come from us,” the AG said. Chairman of the JNT Mbuso Dlamini concurred with the AG, saying such an offer did not come from them. “The reason that the matter goes back to court for argument is clear position on our part that we have not moved,” he said.
Our reporter who was in court on the day said government may be changing tune, but confirmed that their counsel did mention the 10 per cent offer.