The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has warned that it will apply the principle of “No Work, No Pay” to public servants who take part in a strike called by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) and the South African Trades Congress. Unions (COSATU).

The unions asked the National Economic Development and Labor Council (NEDLAC) to launch a socio-economic protest across all sectors of the economy, including the civil service.

The protest started on Tuesday evening and continues today.

“The DPSA warns that although protests are protected by the Labor Relations Act, those employees who fall under the essential services are prohibited from participating in these protests during working hours.

“The Department has provided guidance to State Departments on the application of the No Work No Pay principle to manage those public employees who intend to take part in strike action and to develop the necessary contingency plans to deal with service disruptions,” — the message says. the department said.

The department says that the principle “No work – no pay” will apply in case of absences during the full day, as well as part of the working day.

In addition, leave will be strictly regulated and leave will not be granted only in extreme and optional situations.

“The government is committed to improving the performance of the public service while prioritizing the fight against poverty, unemployment and improving service delivery,” the department said. – SAnews.gov.za

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