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SalgaBL Premium reports that the association representing SA’s 257 municipalities is set to embark on bilateral talks with the two recognised unions in the bargaining council in a bid to break the wage dispute and avoid strike action.

The bid by the SA Local Government Association (Salga) comes after the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union (Imatu) rejected an independent facilitator’s proposal in June for a three-year pay deal with a 4% increase in the first year, and the consumer price index (CPI) minus 1% in the second and third years. The facilitator’s proposal was made after both unions rejected Salga’s offer of a 2.8% increase. In May, Samwu, which initially demanded a one-year agreement with a R4,000 pay rise across the board, revised its demand to the greater of R2,500 or 7%. Imatu is demanding 9% or R2,500. Samwu has since reverted to its original demand for a R4,000 increase, and is threatening a strike if Salga does not accede to it. The parties, which all declared disputes in July, met for conciliation at the SA Local Government Bargaining Council on Monday and Tuesday in an effort to resolve the wage impasse. Imatu’s Johan Koen reported: “The conciliation is going to be extended until August 2-3. Salga’s political leaders have asked to meet the leadership of both unions to try to resolve the impasse.” The parties will return to conciliation if no settlement is reached through the bilateral process.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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