SA pay fight over

South Africa’s public sector unions
have accepted a government pay offer, bringing an end to a long-running dispute
that saw strikes close schools and hospitals in August and September.

The deal secures for workers a 7.5
per cent wage rise backdated to 1 July, and a $115 housing allowance.

Both major labour unions have now
accepted the deal.

The deal “effectively
ends” the dispute, said Chris Klopper of the Independent Labour Caucus

The larger Cosatu union had already
signed up to the deal.

The unions had been demanding a pay
offer of 8.6 per cent and a $145 housing allowance.

Members staged a three-week
nationwide strike that had a big impact on public services, especially on
hospitals where army medics and volunteers were brought in to care for