The nonimplementation of wage increases for public servants has prompted the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), SA’s third-largest public sector union, to seek an urgent meeting with the top leadership of the governing ANC.

The government and organised labour have been on a collision course since finance minister Tito Mboweni pencilled in cuts to the public sector wage bill in his budget review in February, after which the state reneged on a deal for pay hikes for state employees.

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