The government has performed an 11th-hour climb down and offered to enter into settlement talks with public sector unions over salary increases it had previously said are unaffordable.

But that was not enough to prevent a court battle that may have huge ramifications for the credibility of fiscal policy and the government’s intention to contain SA’s ballooning debt after unions rejected the department of public service & administration’s offer to delay the case until after February 1 to allow time for negotiation...

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