SOUTH AFRICA: Treasury wins first public-sector wage battle

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On 15 December, the Labour Appeal Court rejected an application by public-sector unions to force the government to implement their 2020 wage increases, the third and final year of a 2018 wage deal. A seeming surprise to both sides, the judgment represents a significant victory for the Treasury, which is on the hook for delivering budget savings to the tune of ZAR 300bn over three years. But despite the court victory, the Treasury has not won the war in the workers’ trenches, where it now faces even more acrimonious negotiations for a new multi-year wage agreement from April 2021. In what ma
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