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samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that wage negotiations at the SA Local Government Bargaining Council have reached a deadlock after the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) formally declared a dispute on Thursday.  

This followed the union’s rejection of a facilitator’s proposal of a three-year deal with a 7% across the board increase in the first year (effective from 1 July 2018) and consumer inflation (CPI) plus 1.5% in the second year and a further CPI plus 1.25% in the third year.  The housing allowance and the minimum wage would be increased by 7%.  The facilitator’s proposal was accepted by the employers represented by the SA Local Government Association (Salga) as well as the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu).  All negotiations have been suspended, including the wage curve negotiations.  Salga said that given Samwu’s rejection, it had now reverted its position of a 6.6% increase as it was what the municipalities had initially mandated it to present.  In a statement, Samwu indicated that it had reverted to its initial demands, which encompassed a single year agreement; a 15% salary increase across the board or R3,155 (whichever was greater); a R10,000 minimum wage for the sector; and an across the board R2,000 housing allowance.

  • Read this report by Claudi Mailovich in full at BusinessLive

Read Samwu’s press statement at Samwu News

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