Public Service Association PSA strike

PSA members picketing on Wednesday, 9 November. Image: Facebook/PSA

WCED says matric exams should be unaffected by public sector shutdown on Thursday

The Public Sector Association previously said the education sector may be affected by Thursday’s protest action across the country.

Public Service Association PSA strike

PSA members picketing on Wednesday, 9 November. Image: Facebook/PSA

Thousands of members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) will take to the streets of South Africa on Thursday, 10 November, over the government’s reluctance to offer them “a reasonable salary increase.”

PSA spokesperson, Reuben Maleka, hinted that the matric examinations could be disrupted. “There is an understanding that all other services, including the possibility of disruption of some of the education sector, which is unfortunate. Teachers are also members.”

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Western Cape Education MEC, David Maynier, assured parents in his province that precautions have been taken to ensure that the final Grade 12 examinations will not be affected by the strike.

The Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) Head of Department, Brent Walters, met with the teachers’ unions and a public sector union recently and the educator body reportedly assured the WCED that it would not be participating in the protest action.

Maynier said this meant that examinations should not be affected on Thursday.

“We again appeal to everyone, including members of the public sector unions, to put the best interests of our matrics first. We must treat our matrics as VIPs for the remaining few weeks of the exams.

“The Class of 2022 has already had to overcome two years of disrupted schooling during their Grade 10 and 11 years. And they are now dealing with the challenge of load shedding, which makes an already stressful time even more stressful,” said the education MEC.


Members of PSA in all government departments in the Western Cape are expected to participate in the protest.

The union said it tried everything in its power to avoid industrial action but the government’s refusal to budge on its wage offer has forced its hand. During the Minister of Finance’s “mini-budget,” it was announced that public sector workers would receive a 3% salary increase.

“The PSA is now demanding an increase of 10% as public servants last received a real salary increase in 2019,” said the union.

Public sector members are expected to march to Parliament on Thursday and there will be pickets across the country.

“Apart from raising PSA members’ dissatisfaction with poor salary increases, the industrial action serves to condemn government’s disregard for collective bargaining process, properly instituted in the Labour Relations Act, and the value of public servants.”