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samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) indicated on Wednesday that it would be consulting union members on a revised wage offer.  

General secretary Simon Mathe said the union was disappointed by the wage offer presented by the South African Local Government Association (Salga) at the third round of salary and wage negotiations in the Local Government Bargaining Council held in Durban.  “We would consider this latest offer as laughable but as it affects the lives of our members.  We deem it is a direct attack on their livelihoods.  Salga has since revised its opening offer, but has shockingly presented an offer which has no substantial increments for our members …”  According to Mathe, Salga offered a multi-year agreement with an across-the-board salary increase of 5.9%, all allied demands to also increase by 5.9% and a housing allowance for individuals who owned homes.  The union is demanding a single year agreement inclusive of an across-the-board 15% salary increase (or R3,155), a minimum wage of R10,000 and a R2,000 housing allowance for all employees.  The last round of negotiations is scheduled to be held from 16 April.

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