UPDATE ON LABOUR DEMANDS FINANCIAL YEAR 2015/2016
1. This communiqué serves to give you an update on the demands as tabled.
2. The following are demands as tabled by labour on the 30th September 2014.
2.1 Salary Increase
• 15% across the board inclusive of CPI which is 6.3 plus 8.7, which is the real increase with effect from 1st April 2015.
2.2 Term of the Agreement
• Single term
• We demand R3000.00 in the absence of Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) for all employees.
• The annual adjustment of the housing allowance with effect from 1st April each year with the same percentage as the salary adjustment.
2.4 Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS)
• 28.5 % increase in the medical subsidy for GEMS and open scheme members with effect from 1st January 2015.
• We demand that the GEMS increase be adjusted annually based on the average medical inflation of the previous year.
• Equalisation of subsidies in respect of open medical schemes.
• The scheme must be administered by Government as it was initially intended and not privately so as to have improvement of benefits according to the real owners of the scheme, the members.
• Family responsibility leaves to include parents in law.
• Family responsibility leaves to include assistance to immediate family and parents –in laws.
• 6 (Six) months maternity leave;
• 2 (Two) weeks paternity leave outside of the family responsibility leave;
• 10 (Ten) days special leave for employees with children with special needs.
3. All outstanding Matters
• All outstanding matters emanating from the previous resolutions must be finalised as a matter of urgency before the conclusion of the current round of negotiations.
• The process of finalising such matters should run parallel with the current round of negotiations, but with a view of concluding such earlier than the current round of negotiations.
4. Other demands
• Level 1 to 3 must be compressed such that level 4 become an entry level into the Public Service,
• The State must develop a bursary scheme for Public Service employees’ children
• 13th Cheque: We demand that with effect from 1st January 2016, serving employees be allowed to exercise a once–off choice of the month in which they wish their 13th cheque to be paid. New employees, upon appointment, must be allowed to exercise a once-off choice of the month in which they wish to their 13th cheque to be paid.
5. Recognition of prior Learning (RPL)
6. For any clarity kindly contact our office.