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COSATU Welcomes the Progressive Judgement by the Constitutional Court to Protect Public Servants From Illegal Deductions
COSATU greatly welcomes the progressive judgment by the Constitutional Court to declare sections of the Public Service Act unconstitutional. This judgment prohibits the unlawful deductions of public service workers' salaries. From now on public servants must agree to deductions and these must be within the limits set by the National Credit and Consumer Protection Acts.
The abuse of these deductions and garnishee orders has long impoverished many unknowing workers and their families. Departments must stop their whole sale raiding of already over stretched workers' meagre wages.
We hope that the silence of the Department of Public Service and Administration will come to a halt and they will unveil an urgent plan to ensure that all public service department and public sector entities immediately abide by and implement this progressive ruling.
Parliament must equally move with speed to amend the law in line with the judgment. COSATU will not tolerate any delays or lethargy on the part of government.
Failures to speedily abide by and implement this judgment will see mobilisation by COSATU at the Public Service Collective Bargaining Council, across departments, and at Nedlac and Parliament.
For further information contact: Matthew Parks ,COSATU Parliamentary Coordinator
Cell: 082 785 0687