samwu thumb medium80 78Afro Voice reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the SA Local Government Association (Salga) are going back to the negotiating table on Thursday to try to break the deadlock over wage increases.  

The union rejected the 7% wage offer presented by the employers’ association last month and the negotiations between the parties collapsed.  Salga’s Rio Nolutshungu said:  “We believe that the meeting would lead to further developments as we seek a solution to the impasse”, while Samwu spokesperson Papikie Mohale said the union and its members were hoping for a compromise at the meeting on Thursday, which will be held at the SA Local Government Bargaining Council.  Salga had previously offered a three-year wage agreement and a housing allowance, while Samwu was demanding a one-year agreement and a 15% wage hike.  Samwu general secretary Simon Mathe said they wanted the employers to meet them half way.

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