NEHAWU condemns 5% wage increasefor political leaders
By Lelethu Mquqo
15 November 2010
NEHAWU says it is disappointed by the president’s decision to approve the salary increases of political leaders by 5% for this year.
The union says it is challenging all political leaders to follow the advice they gave to public servants by rejecting the increase and forwarding that money to service delivery priorities.
NEHAWU’s Sizwe Pamla says political leaders already earn enormous salaries and have many benefits and therefore the union is calling for the reversal of that decision.
He added that ordinary South Africans have seen the price of nearly everything going up and are struggling to afford basic necessities.
Nehawu added that when poorly paid public service workers went on strike this year demanding 8.5% they only received as little as 7.5% because they were told that there is no money.