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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says it will exhaust all processes to resolve the wage deadlock between workers and the government before embarking on strike action.

On Thursday, all parties will go back to the public service coordinating bargaining council.

Government’s current offer is 2%. However, unions have rejected the offer, saying they want a 6.5% increase.

Cosatu’s First Deputy President, Mike Shingange, says, “Therefore, we are going to follow the dispute resolution mechanism. It is only after that that our members would obviously have given the indication as to what to do and the strike can be entertained. We are still hopeful that either the employer will improve the offer, or the process of dispute resolution mechanism can unlock this deadlock that we have currently with the employer.”


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