Unilateral salary increase undermines trade unions


The Court of Appeal (CoA) has said the government’s unilateral increases during the negotiations of the Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC) undermines trade unions, dents their integrity and credibility.

Such conduct dissuades employees from joining unions. Moreover, it said that the employer could increase salaries unilaterally in the event that parties have reached a deadlock at the PSBC.

This was said in a recent judgement on government appeal on the determination of the scope of the PSBC and whether government can increase salaries of public officers unilaterally while negotiations are still ongoing. The government also wanted to know if the increase could apply to those who are represented in the PSBC and those who are not. The CoA said government ought to amend the relevant statues to set the annual negotiating period.

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