S.A Trade Union rejects proposed salary increases for political leaders tags it “embarrassing”

The proposed salary and benefit hikes for political office bearers by the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers have been dubbed “tone deaf and insulting” by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

This comes after the commission suggested a 3% pay raise for political officeholders.

If approved, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s yearly pay and benefits will rise from R2.9 million to slightly over R3 million in April.

The pay and benefit increases suggested by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers for 2022 have been published in the official gazette.

Before issuing its recommendations, the commission conferred with Treasury, Justice, and Constitutional Development ministers, as well as the Chief Justice’s office.

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The panel is in charge of making recommendations for the president, his deputy, ministers, deputy ministers, premiers, MPs, justices, judges, and magistrates, as well as other top government officials’ salaries and benefits.

‘Tone deaf’

With the World Bank ranking South Africa as the most unequal country in the world and rising unemployment, Cosatu believes the suggestions should be rejected.

According to the trade union federation, the working class is confronting increasing social hardships, and it is past time for politicians to express sympathy with the suffering masses.

“Under the watchful eye and direction of all political office bearers, load shedding, increased living costs, corruption, and a sluggish economy have all occurred.

“They do not deserve the packages they currently earn let alone an increase in their salaries,” said Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla in a statement.

Pamla said Treasury’s recommendation to the commission that MPs be given a 3% raise to avoid them “getting demoralised” was hypocritical, given that it had no qualms about putting wage freezes on nurses and physicians working 48-hour periods or police officers.

“The elite of this country is ganging up and declaring a class war against the taxpayers and the poor.

“The huge salaries and benefits that are paid to political office bearers and senior bureaucrats are the source of the existing inequalities and unacceptable income disparities that currently exist in the public service,” he said.

Cosatu went on to say that it was past time for the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers’ terms of reference to be enlarged, requiring it to communicate with the public rather than only Cabinet members who had a direct conflict of interest in its recommendations.

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