SAPTU and co address ridiculous salary increase offer

As a representative of various employees in semi-state institutions, SAPTU (South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutes Union) wants to confirm its support to the fight to get fair salary increases for its members.

The State as role player in the Service Coordination Bargaining Council (PSCBC) is currently stuck at 2%. Although this is already a paltry figure, it must also be considered that these employees last received increases in 2019. And on that occasion, it was only an inflation adjustment.

Various players in the workforce like members of Legal Aid South Africa are affected by this.

Another contributing factor to pointing out the unreasonableness and unfairness of the ridiculous offer is that cabinet members received a 3% increase and Eskom workers 7%.

“Rising living costs affect every resident of South Africa. Not just certain individuals. Inflation alone currently amounts to 7.4% and to offer our members only 2% is like a slap in the face,” says Adv Ben van der Walt, SAPTU’s secretary general.

“The State is simply unreasonable. We cannot stand for that. SAPTU members can count on us to bring their best interests to the table, and we assure them that we are doing everything in our power to bring a fair and just increase back to them.”

As with FEDUSA affiliate, SAPTU is part of negotiations.


SAPTU is a union for any employee working in South Africa. Originally established to serve members in the parastatal and tertiary institutions fields, we now represent a wide range of members, including the agricultural and hospitality industries.  We believe that the prosperity and dignity of our members are the most important values to protect in their place of work.  To that end, SAPTU maintains good relations with employers to support members during salary negotiations, conditions of service, grievances, and disputes.  In addition, SAPTU members receive advice on legal and financial matters, as well as up to date information surrounding labour issues through our valuable affiliations.