Cosatu says no to pay increases for politicians in public office

If the increase is acceded to, ministers, members of the judiciary, mayors and traditional leaders, among others will all receive a 4% salary increase.

This would take Ramaphosa’s salary from R2,989,845 to R3,109,439 a  year.

The commission recommendation is for the 2018-2019 financial year and, if approved, would have to be back paid from April.

These pending increases are expected to put a strain on the already struggling fiscus at a time when government has complained of an unsustainable public-sector wage bill that amounts to more than R587bn.

Cosatu further called for a national strike next February in protest against growing retrenchments and a jobs bloodbath in the country.

The CEC resolved to mobilise for a national strike on February 13, 2019.

The planned action will take place a month after the ANC launches its election campaign for the 2019 elections and is expected to be a thorn in the alliance’s side as it attempts to convince workers to vote for the party.

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