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samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) would not rush into signing an agreement which does not have any substantive increments for workers, general secretary Simon Mathe said on Thursday.  

He indicated that the union had rejected the opening proposal of a five-year agreement that the employer body, the SA Local Government Association (Salga), tabled at the local government bargaining council during the first round of salary negotiations.  "We are in no position to entertain a five year collective agreement which does not have any substantive increments for our members and municipal workers in general,” Mathe advised.  Samwu and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) previously tabled joint demands of a single year agreement encompassing an across-the-board 15% salary increase or R3,155 (whichever is greater), a R10,000 minimum wage and a R2,000 housing allowance for all employees.  All benefits and conditions of service linked to salaries to increase by the same percentage as the across-the-board salary increase.  Salga has proposed a five-year agreement, with 4.6% in the first year and CPI plus 0.25% in each of the remaining years.  The housing allowance and the minimum wage to increase in line with the salary increases.

  • Read this report by Molaole Montsho in full at IOL News
  • Read Samwu’s press statement at Samwu online

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