The government plans to cut at least 30,000 jobs by offering public servants early retirement packages without penalties.
Applications are open to state employees who wish to go on early retirement as one of the measures being carried out to curb the wage bill.
The Public Servants Association (PSA) has cautioned members against the move.
Joanne Joseph speaks to PSA deputy general manager Tahir Maepa, who says the offer is not attractive.
The issue we have with this early retirement without penalty is that it is not even an offer and it is not attractive.— Tahir Maepa, Deputy general manager - PSA
If the government want this to be attractive they must offer a severance package. They must come to the bargaining council, let us negotiate a package that will be worthy of our members.— Tahir Maepa, Deputy general manager - PSA
Majority of our members are single parents and sole breadwinners and to throw these people out of the public service is plunging them into poverty and that is irresponsible.— Tahir Maepa, Deputy general manager - PSA
You cannot resolve the economic problems of this country by cutting down the public service.— Tahir Maepa, Deputy general manager - PSA
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This article first appeared on 702 : PSA invites government to negotiate attractive retirement package