Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Mondli Gungubele has called on the union representing State Information Technology Agency (SITA) workers and the department to find an amicable resolution to the deadlocked wage negotiations.
Earlier this week, members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) announced their strike action when wage negotiations had hit a dead end.
“The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has been alerted by SITA of the deadlock with negotiations and the subsequent protest action. The department acknowledges the rights of employees to embark on such action.
“Although the department has noted calls for the Minister to intervene, it is important to note that this is a labour matter between the PSA representing the employees and SITA as employer, where the department cannot interfere. Minister Gungubele is, however, calling upon both parties to find a speedy and amicable resolution to ensure that service delivery is not negatively affected,” the Minister said on Tuesday.
The department has been assured by SITA that plans are in place to ensure that key operations of the agency will be protected from any negative impact by this protest action. – SAnews.gov.za
Source: South African Government News Agency