Poverty alleviation versus the redress of inequality?
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The recent public sector strike has rightly prompted questions about appropriate levels of remuneration, both within this sector and beyond. To many, demanding increases above inflation in the midst of a recession appears unreasonable. But the commentator RW Johnson has opined that public sector workers are responding to the excesses of government departments and parastatals, for example, in using public funds to purchase world cup tickets for their senior officials (in open defiance of exhortations not to do so from the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan). It is certainly true that this has done nothing to convince the electorate that the chief mandarins in many departments of state are concerned about frugality, at least when they themselves are concerned.