Public servants signed a wage deal with government on Tuesday night, bringing to an end a strike action that had stretched from August into September. Workers agreed on a 7.5% wage increase and an R800 housing allowance. A 66% majority of Cosatu affiliates signed the deal, with the notable exception of the South African Democratic Teachers' Union. The strike was suspended on 6 October to allow unions to consider the wage offer, but not before public hospitals and schools had been disrupted. Read more: Business Report, BBC News
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