Samwu won’t settle for ‘meagre increase’

2011-08-18 09:15

Striking municipal workers will settle for nothing less than a double-digit wage increase, the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) said today.

“The proposed figure is never what you get in the end, but we will settle for nothing under double digits,” spokesperson Tahir Sema said.

Samwu members took to the streets on Monday in an attempt to push for an 18% salary hike.

The SA Local Government Association has offered a 6.8% increase.

Sema said that 18% was not a “ridiculous” figure on which to begin negotiations.

“This figure will eventually be negotiated downwards. Just come to the table and begin negotiations,” he said.

Disgruntled workers were to picket at work places around the country today. Provincial marches would take place tomorrow.
“We are busy with mobilisation efforts,” Sema said.

Workers would march for their wage demands and also in protest against the Municipal Systems Amendment Bill.

The legislation is being called the cadres bill because it bars party office bearers from being employed in senior positions in municipalities.

Samwu said it was still deciding whether to challenge the bill in the Constitutional Court.

The union called off a threatened strike about the bill a week before the local government elections on May 18 after last-minute talks with the ANC, led by President Jacob Zuma.

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