Public-sector unions rejected a request by the government for a postponement of wage negotiations and are now demanding that it return to the negotiating table on Tuesday afternoon.The unions‚ both affiliates of union federation Cosatu and others not part of the federation‚ were angry at a statement released by acting public service and administration minister Naledi Pandor requesting more time to prepare for negotiations.Unions say the statement was released to the public without their consultation as parties involved in the negotiations.Pandor released the statement on April 22 on behalf of the mandate committee. The committee consists of the ministers of finance‚ defence‚ health‚ basic education‚ justice and correctional services‚ police‚ co-operative governance and traditional affairs‚ labour‚ state security‚ higher education and training‚ home affairs‚ planning‚ monitoring‚ and evaluation‚ and social development.Public-sector negotiations began seven months ago but a deal has y...

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