Municipal strike on cards as talks collapse

Picture: Neil McCartney.

Whether thousands of municipal workers will down tools will only be known next month.

The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) announced last week that negotiations which lasted three days with the SA Local Government Association (Salga) on the main collective agreement, disciplinary code, and an increase in home owners’ allowance, collapsed.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Samwu general secretary Walter Theledi said the union was currently reporting back to its members on last week’s meetings with the employer. “Some of our members have already indicated to us that they are ready to embark on industrial action.

“We are expecting to announce the mandate given by members on the way forward during our central executive meeting (CEC) towards the end of next month.”

Theledi said there were no further talks planned with the employer.

Late last week, Salga said it remained unequivocally committed to further negotiations. “Salga remains hopeful that Samwu will reconsider its stance and return to the negotiation table to finalise this all-important matter.”

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