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15 Jun 2007 00:00
In 2001/02 state employees received below-inflation pay hikes. But, in the past four years, hikes have been above inflation, though the nominal increase fell from 8,5% in 2003 to 5,3% last year.
In addition, working in the public sector is much less lucrative than in the private sector.
The median wage for workers with tertiary degrees in the private sector is R8 000.
Since the late Nineties, workers’ share of the budget pie has shrunk, while the number of civil servants has declined from 1,27-million in 1995 to just over a million in 2002.
Pardesi says that salary increases should not be linked to CPIX because to do so would not take account of the impact of food and retail price rises which invariably outstrip CPIX.
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