Four more public service unions were issued with strike certificates yesterday after marathon talks failed to break the wage deadlock at the public service co-ordinating bargaining council (PSCBC), bringing the country a step closer to debilitating strike action that could cripple government services.

The strike certificates effectively give the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa), National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), and Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) the right to give the employer a seven-day notice of their intention to embark on industrial action...

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