September 1st, 2010
05:39 PM GMT
The South African government has increased its offer to striking public sector workers, in the latest effort to end a walkout that has crippled hospitals and schools across the country.
After repeatedly saying the country could not afford to increase wages to the levels demanded by the unions, the government has now increased its offer from 7 to 7.5 percent, which is nearly double the inflation rate – but less than the 8.6 percent rise unions have demanded.
The government has argued that the money spent on giving public servants wage increases could be used to create jobs, build more houses and help South Africa's poor.
The striking workers, who include teachers and nurses, contend that they are a critical part of South Africa's work force and that they are not earning a living wage.
Is the decision to offer a 7.5 percent increase the right one? Can you see a better way to resolve this dispute? I'd like to hear your views.
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