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samwu thumb medium80 78News24 reports that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has slammed salary increases for municipal managers, saying that ordinary municipal workers were given "peanuts" in comparison.  

"When municipal workers demand a fairer salary increment they are told that their demands are simply unaffordable.  Whereas those sitting in air-conditioned offices are swimming in pools of money.  Those who are subjected to rain, wind and sun daily are given peanuts," general secretary Simon Mathe said in a statement on Thursday.  On 8 November the salaries of city managers were gazetted.  They are set to receive an annual salary of R3.9m, while those who reported directly to them will receive more than R3m annually.  Mathe noted that these increases were gazetted in the same week that Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers' salaries were increased by a mere R4.31 per day.  He said it did not make sense that a municipal manager could be remunerated 180 times more than the least paid employee in the sector.

  • Read the full original of this report by Canny Maphanga at News24
  • Read Samwu’s press statement in this regard at SA Labour News

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