Municipal workers union weighs up proposals

File picture: Dan Plato. (Photo by Gallo Images/Foto24/Michael Hammond)

File picture: Dan Plato. (Photo by Gallo Images/Foto24/Michael Hammond)

It will be known by Friday if municipal workers have accepted the proposals a mediation facilitator put forward after failed talks between the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and the SA Local Government Association (Salga).

If workers decide to down tools, health, electricity and other municipal services will be affected. Last week, Samwu asked for an extension to finish consulting members and getting feedback on the facilitator’s proposal.

“We will be having a central executive committee meeting between Wednesday and Friday,” Samwu spokesperson Papikie Mohale said yesterday. “Among other things, we will be consolidating the feedback from our members.”

Samwu is demanding an 11% salary increase, a minimum wage of R7 500, as well as R1 200 as a housing allowance. The facilitator’s proposal puts forward a 7% wage increase from July 1, and a minimum wage of R6 014.90.

It was also proposed the employer’s contribution rate for medical aid be increased by 50% across the board with eff ect from July 1, 2016, and by 25% the following year. Labour and the employer failed to reach an agreement in the three rounds of negotiations.

Samwu accused Salga of dragging its feet. The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) accepted the facilitator’s wage increase proposal last week.

“While we submitted our acceptance of the facilitator’s proposal, our acceptance is in principle and subject to all parties accepting the proposal,” Imatu general secretary Johan Koen said. “In addition, our acceptance is subject to parties convening a technical working group to create a mutually acceptable salary and wage collective agreement.

“If the facilitator’s proposal is not accepted by all the parties, Imatu will withdraw its acceptance and revert to its position prior to the proposal,” Koen said.


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