Cosatu-aligned public sector unions are battling to secure a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to ask him to intervene in their wage impasse with the National Treasury as they prepare for a national day of action by Cosatu’s largest affiliate, the National Education, Health & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), at the end of the month.

Unions were taken aback by finance minister Tito Mboweni’s announcement of a wage freeze for public servants for the next three years in his medium-term budget last week. They say there was no formal discussion or consultation with them about this...

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