South Africa’s public service workers strike is over but workers who have agreed to return to work have not won a further salary increase and will, in fact, face deductions on pay for the next four months as the no-work, no-pay rule is implemented. News24 reports that the only concession on pay to striking trade unions is that they will be permitted to raise historic issues from the 2022/23 wage settlement in talks on the 2023/24 financial year. But there is no guarantee any further concessions will be made, particularly as negotiations for the new year are already close to conclusion. A second concession is that no disciplinary action will be taken against employees for participating in the illegal strike and that deductions for no work, no pay will be staggered over the next four months.