PSA move to rejoin FEDUSA takes membership to over 700 000

The Public Servants Association (PSA) hosted an event on Thursday to announce its move to rejoin the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa).

EWN reporter Barry Bateman explains the significance of the move.

The significance of this is that we've just moved away from the public sector wage negotiations. We've come to the end of the three year wage negotiation term.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

We've heard from some of the leaders here that the 7.3% that was negotiated over that three year term has been cancelled out because of the poor and reckless decisions of government.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Bateman says the association will now go into the new wage negotiations as a non partisan union and will be fighting for the rights of workers.

The strength of Fedusa against The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will make negotiations more difficult for government.

Fedusa, although non-partisan, is highly critical of the current governing party, he adds, and Fedusa wants a judicial commission of inquiry set up to look into the state capture.

They say they're sick and tired of state resources being plundered by officials.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Bateman adds that there was also a complaint from the PSA about government employee pension funds being used to bail out state entities such as the South African Airways (SAA).

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