Before it moves to raise taxes to foot the vaccine bill, the government has to begin looking inwardly for a solution to SA’s financial crisis. One aspect of this is finally addressing the public sector wage bill. It is at the heart of government’s failure to rein in spending, along with bailing out poorly managed and, in some cases, corruption-riddled state-owned companies.It is going to take courage and creativity to deal with the wage bill, as labour is expected to dig in its heels. Sadly, these are two attributes the government completely lacks.Late last year, the court found in favour of the government, effectively permitting it to renege on the last leg of its 2018 wage deal with public servants.But this was just the first hurdle it is set to face. The next is the Constitutional Court appeal which is set to be launched by labour. Even more importantly, the next round of wage talks is set to commence in April. This round will be the toughest yet, politically and economically.The...

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