samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports that following its recent collective bargaining conference, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) intends to demand a R4,000 monthly salary hike at municipalities.

Current agreements in both the SA Local Government Bargaining Council (Salgbc) and the Amanzi Bargaining Council come to an end in June this year and Samwu has prepared a list of demands and resolutions prior to the commencement of the wage negotiations. Samwu also plans to demand single year agreement after workers decided they no longer wanted to be tied to multi-year agreements that ‘are not in their interest’ and that failed to effect real socioeconomic change. “The Conference further believes that single year agreements would be in the interest of labour stability in the sector given the fact that the future is uncertain,’ the conference declaration penned by the union’s secretariat indicates. “We further send a strong warning to National Treasury which has made itself the enemy of workers to desist from interfering in collective bargaining, otherwise they will know the full might of municipal workers,” the declaration warns. In the 2021 Budget Review, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced a planned reduction in government expenditure by as much as R264.9-billion over the next three years. This was would be achieved by freezing wages for SA’s 1.2 million public servants. Sivuyile Mbambato, spokesperson for the SA Local Government Association (Salga), which represents the employer municipalities, indicated:  ”The salary negotiations with concerned parties will be ventilated at an appropriate time through the collective bargaining council.”

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