The 21-day national lockdown aimed at limiting Covid-19 has thrown a spanner in the works for public sector unions eager to down tools should the government not increase their salaries on April 1.

The unions who stated their clear intention of going on strike should the state not implement the last leg of the 2018 wage agreement signed include the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), SA’s largest public service union. The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) and the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) have also thrown in their lot with Nehawu, saying they were willing to down tools if the government showed “disdain” to public servants by refusing to adjust their salaries...

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