It is highly unlikely that the dispute over the implementation of wage increases for 1.3-million public-sector workers will be resolved before the next round of wage negotiations start later in 2020, setting the scene for aggressive talks that could be accompanied by strikes.  

Frikkie de Bruin, general secretary of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), and major public sector unions all indicated in interviews with Business Day on Friday that the dispute over the implementation of the final year of a multiterm wage agreement between the state and its workers would not be resolved before the negotiations start. ..

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