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South African Government Seeks Urgent Mediation in State Pay Row

  • Finance minister will deliver medium-term budget on Oct. 26
  • Public-sector labor union has issued a seven-day strike notice
Enoch Godongwana

Enoch Godongwana

Photographer: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

South Africa’s government asked mediators to urgently intervene to help end a wage dispute with public-servant labor unions before Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana presents his mid-term budget this week. 

Department of Public Service and Administration Director-General Yoliswa Makhasi asked the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to help negotiate an end to the impasse in a letter seen by Bloomberg. The Public Servants Association, which says it represents more than 230,000 state workers, on Monday filed a notice of its intention to begin a strike in seven days over the government’s failure to agree to its wage demands.