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Samwu ready for pay talks

By Vusi Xaba | Apr 25, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 7 ]

THE SA Municipal Workers Union has presented a list of demands to the SA Local Government Association, setting the ball rolling for this year's round of wage negotiations.

Among its demands, Samwu wants a 15% across-the-board salary increase.

Samwu spokesman Tahir Sema said yesterday that they aimed to meet Salga at the local government bargaining council before the end of next week.

In its demand for a 15% salary hike - which would bring the average monthly salary to R6000 - Sema said the union had to go for a double digit demand because of the ever-rising price of food, transport and services.

"Municipal workers continue to suffer from the effects of soaring petrol and energy costs. Employed workers have to shoulder the burden of unemployed family members as the state has failed to provide meaningful unemployment benefits for the millions of unemployed in this country," Sema said.

He said Samwu would also demand that current vacancies in municipalities be filled and that they want to conclude a one-year collective wage agreement, instead of a two- or three-year cycle they have in place.

However, should the negotiations fail, the union would mobilise its 230000 members nationally, Sema said.

"We will go to negotiations with an open mind and hope that we will reach an amicable agreement. However, taking to the street is always a weapon to force the employer to accede to our demands," he said.

Salga spokesman Milisa Kentane said the organisation was in the process of consulting municipalities on the union's demands to determine if they could afford a 15% wage demand. Negotiations start on May 21.

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Let Strike Season commence.

I am really getting tired of this yearly occurence

Apr 25, 2012 9:53 | 0 replies

There we go again....dirty streets and uncollected garbage.

The sad part is the manucipalities know that every winter it's neg time...why cant they be pro-active and propose salary hikes?

Apr 25, 2012 10:42 | 0 replies

Good point Bizzabo, they always wait for the unions instead of being pro active.

Apr 25, 2012 11:25 | 0 replies

SAMWU must just accept that their 15% demand has been a common tune among its members yet in vain,especially in the past 3 to 4 yrs,what will make SALGA under ANC govt to change and consider their demand this time around,just asking.

The reason some of us left municipalities long ago is because as SAMWU member you will keep singing your heart out in the street,turning bins around,but at the end of the day 6.5% is what SALGA is willing to put on the table,but ironically next week public service servants go on strike and 9% is what they get,imagine 2.5% different in salary wage,lol.

Apr 25, 2012 11:33 | 0 replies

As usual the leaders in our Municipalities are not pro-active they will be caught in strike while trying to strike a deal with workers. They knew that their agreement with SAMWU was supposed to be reviewed yet they kept quite..

Apr 25, 2012 1:37 | 0 replies

Welfare state controlled by unions, HERE WE COME!

Apr 25, 2012 1:54 | 0 replies

And every year the municipalities buckle because the politicians need the unions votes.

The economy is struggling to achieve growth rates of 3% and inflation is at 6%. Why must the union ask for 15%??? Private companies can't pay out such high increases but the government will but in reality it can't afford the increases.

These high increases in wages increase inflation and we all know hard inflation is on the poor and unemployed.

The unions are to a large extent to blame for the unemployment problem in this country and we know how they are responsible for the education problem.

Apr 25, 2012 5:37 | 0 replies