Municipal salaries: ‘Unreasonable, unjustifiable, unsustainable’

2012-06-25 12:33

The SA Local Government Association (Salga) has slammed municipal workers for making “unreasonable, unjustifiable and unsustainable” demands for R8 billion in salary increases.

Salga says the demand places an undue burden on the already cash-strapped municipalities relying mainly on rates income to fund salaries and salary increases.

“A 15% demand increases the current local government wage bill of R53 billion by approximately R8 billion to R61 billion,” wrote Salga chief executive Xolile George in a letter to the country’s 278 mayors and municipal managers.

Salga says a 15% increase would take the minimum wage to R5 313 while R2 000 (the demand is for 15% or R2 000, whichever is the highest) takes it to R6 620.

The current local government minimum wage is R4 620.

SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union also want the employer contribution towards medical aid to increase by nearly R500, which Salga warns would add another R841 million.

Salga says the unions’ demand will worsen the financial position of municipalities.

The current wage deal and disciplinary procedures agreement expire on Saturday, sparking fears that municipal workers are heading for yet another strike.

Negotiations, facilitated by Yunis Shaik, will resume next week.

A mediator proposed a 6.5% wage increase but Samwu says it was going to be tough to present the mediator’s proposal to workers.

However, the union said it was committed to finding a resolution to the wage deadlock.

» What Salga bosses got

Salga bosses gave themselves an increase of over R3.6 million or 27% in 2009/10.

They earned R16.8 million in 2010 compared with R13.2 million the previous year.

Last year, Salga bosses scored an increase of about R1.5 million or nearly 9% for a total of almost R18.3 million.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.