Securing the public sector wage deal was no easy feat, and the result is a finely balanced compromise between parties.

Make no mistake, the National Treasury balked at the idea of a 1.5% increase and a R1,000 per month sweetener for most of the country’s 1.3-million public servants, which will automatically be extended beyond the one-year duration of the deal, should a new agreement not be reached by July next year. ..

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