Joint Media Statement of the Majority of Unions in the Public Service Co-Ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC)

16 March 2023

Majority of unions at PSCBC are demanding an improved offer not later than Friday, 17 March 2023

The majority of the unions in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), are calling for the Department of Public Service and Administration to come back to the Council on 17 March 2023 with an improved offer.

The unions, made up of the affiliated public sector unions from the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) and the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU), held a meeting and resolved to push government to come up with an improved offer as any further delay of the negotiations would prejudice the entire public service.

The meeting expressed grave concern that the media was deliberately distorting the facts about the quality and drive of the 2023/24 negotiations because the strike by some unions in the public service, was not about the 2023/24 round of negotiations but was about the 2022/23 dispute. “This deliberate distortion is meant to credit those who boycotted the negotiations,” the Unions said. These concerns have been further fuelled by utterances from the Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, in a press conference this morning stating that the majority of the Unions in the Public Sector have signed an agreement to end the strike and settle the 2022/23 wage agreement. To set the record straight, the majority of the Unions in the public sector did not embark on strike action, nor did they boycott the negotiations processes.

The settlement between DPSA and the striking unions correctly stated in paragraphs 1.21 and 1.2.2, that the unions (meaning those who boycotted) will be joining, and secondly that they are not part of the current negotiations.

We wonder why the media is doing a disservice to the public by running a narrative that those who are still to join the negotiations are the ones that have secured the 7% offer? The unions that have secured the 7% offer and still demanding an improved offer, are the FEDUSA affiliated unions and SADTU.

“Facts cannot be tortured and manipulated to legitimize lies,” warned the unions. The meeting further agreed to send a stern warning to government to respond by tomorrow and not to take them for granted because that would not be tolerated.


CONTACT: FEDUSA Communications SADTU Media Officer
Betty Moleya Nomusa Cembi
(063) 736 5533 (082) 719 5157