Union to protest over local govt body decision

2012-09-19 14:33

Municipal workers will protest against the SA Local Government Association’s (Salga’s) decision to appeal a wage curve Labour Court ruling, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has said.

“Samwu will embark on a national protest action in a few weeks’ time, over Salga’s dubious actions,” spokesperson Tahir Sema said in a statement.

The union could not immediately give further details of the planned protest.

Sema said Salga had given notice that it intended to appeal a ruling passed down by the Labour Court in Johannesburg in June.

The court upheld a wage curve agreement between the collective bargaining parties, signed in April 2010, dealing with different categories of municipalities.

Under the agreement, some workers would receive back pay from September 2009.

“We have learnt with dismay that Salga has filed leave to appeal the wage curve victory Samwu has secured, even though Samwu had won an outright victory to increase workers’ salary scales,” Sema said.

An appeal would likely waste millions of rand in taxpayers’ money.

He said Salga was using the application to appeal as a tactic to delay the process, which he claimed could lead to instability in the sector.

“It is also not unlikely that the current instability could quickly turn into a second Marikana tragedy.”
Salga could not immediately be reached for comment.

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