Minister Dlodlo added: “In today`s economic environment, it is important to balance our spending on payroll and the resources needed to deliver services, while taking into account the burden on our public finances due to the slow economy.” Minister Dlodlo thanked all parties for working hard to ensure that this agreement was negotiated in the best interests of all public servants and the general public. The Government welcomes the conclusion of the NEHAWU wage negotiations, and believes that the Council today announced the conciliation date, which has been set for April 28-30, 2020. In addition, we welcome the urgency of the Council`s response to this matter, given the disappointment and anger of our members at not receiving their pay increase on 15 April 2020, as stipulated in the agreement. This then requires cost control measures to ensure that the payroll remains within existing compensation limits. As for the agreement, Level 1 – 7 public servants will receive a IPV plus an additional 1.5% salary for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Those who receive salary levels 8 to 10 will receive an increase in the CPI plus 1% and level 11 and 12 public servants will receive a 0.5% increase in the CPI. According to the department, the 2018 salary agreement exceeds this amount of R30 billion above the MTEF. “As a government, we are pleased to have reached another multi-year agreement. The agreement proves that it is possible for both sides to reach an amicable agreement that puts the stability of the country and the provision of services at the forefront. We recognize and appreciate the commitment of the unions throughout the negotiation process and are committed to fully implementing the agreement,” said Minister Dlodlo. The agreement has now been signed by a majority of 65.74% of all parties, which is why, as a government, we understand that all forms of trade union action are now abolished. The government will initiate a process to implement all aspects of the agreement, including all salary adjustments for public servants that have been agreed as follows: “The program will have short-term costs, but long-term gains such as reducing the total payroll and creating jobs for young people,” the ministry said.