MBABANE: Leaders of the Public Sector Associations (PSAs) and Government have finally agreed on the 3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
The PSAs had initially presented a demand of 6.7% across the board, which is an average inflation for the four years ( from 2017 to 2020). The PSAs also successfully negotiated for a once-off payment of 1% of their annual basic salary across the board.
A statement released by the PSA leadership opined that after a series of intense negotiations, an agreement was reached on the 7thAugust 2020. “At a meeting held on the 7thAugust 2020, parties agreed to implement a 3% of monthly basic salary across the board with effect from the 1stof April 2020, plus a once-off payment of 1% of annual basic salary across the board. This is in full and final settlement of the demand by PSAs,” reads part of the statement.
Reached for comment by this Swaziland News, Sikelela Dlamini, the Secretary General of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) said the COLA will add some value and the PSA leadership is getting ready to start salary review negotiations in seven months. “ We acknowledge that we did not get what we had demanded, but the little we got is appreciated, meagre as it is. We hope that since government failed to reimburse us as expected, she will therefore suspend the price increase of basic goods and services such as fuel, electricity and the price of bread. This will ensure that the meagre salary adjustment shall surely add some little value on the cost of living of the workers. Our other hope is that the government shall commit to the all important salary view exercise which is set to commence in seven (7) months,” said the Secretary General.
Civil servants during a protest march