Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
28 Jul 2020
5:16 am

Fury over Samwu salary hike demands

Eric Naki

Dr Dawie Roodt, chief economist at Efficient Group, said unions always damaged the economy with actions that failed to consider circumstances.

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union has reiterated that workers should be paid their salary increases. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Political experts say it is unjustified and unfair for the South African Municipal Workers’ Unions (Samwu) to insist on the implementation of salary hikes when economic circumstances had changed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But one expert was on their side, saying they deserved an increase because they were poor and the government was contradicting itself by increasing grants, but not the wages of municipal employees. On the contrary, at least two analysts agreed that Samwu unreasonably demanded the implementation of the a 6.25% increase at Ekurhuleni Metro metro that was agreed at the South African local government bargaining council....