Public office-bearer salary increase 'a slap in the face': Cosatu

President Cyril Ramaphosa has updated the pay scales for the country’s top public office bearers. Those with increased salaries will include ministers, deputy ministers, members of Parliament and their provincial counterparts. This means that Deputy Ministers and others on the list could take home more than two million Rand per year. Is this not a slap in the face for many who are struggling to survive? Economist Dr Azar Jammine and Cosatu’s General Secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali, join Heidi Giokos to discuss this. #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A 3-percent salary increase for public office bearers is a slap in the face for government service workers according to Cosatu General Secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali.

READ: Wage negotiations stalled between public sector unions and govt

President Cyril Ramaphosa gave the green light this week.

Those with increased salaries will include ministers, deputy ministers, members of Parliament and their provincial counterparts.

Ntshalintshali said, "you'll remember when the report was recommended to the president, we raised same issues that  frontline workers did not even get increase, or honour wage agreement."

"Now same people who've been denouncing this  wage agreement signed have given themselves these increases...they don't deserve them at this time, not under current conditions, it's a very bad thing"

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