Municipal union to strike on Monday

2009-07-21 00:00

THE South African Municipal Wor­kers’ Union (Samwu) is set to embark on a country-wide strike from next Monday after failed wage and salaries negotiations for the 2009/2010 financial year.

This comes in the wake of three rounds of negotiations held over the past three weeks in which union members met the South African Local Government Association (Salga) in an attempt to have their demands approved.

The demands are:

• R5 000 minimum wage;

• A wage increase of 15% or R2 500 or whichever is the highest;

• The filling of all vacant positions in municipalities;

• 70% housing loan assistance for a bond up to R300 000;

• 70% housing rental assistance for rentals up to a maximum of R3 000;

• the refusal of a multi-year agreement and

• no linkage between wage negotiations and wage curves.

The provincial organiser of Samwu in Pietermaritzburg, S’bu Biyela, said they will strike from next Monday and continue until their issues are addressed.

He told The Witness they are mobilising as many members as possible locally to take part in the strike after they received the go-ahead from the national and provincial heads.

“For as long as we can remember, there has been no consideration for what we want and Salga is not willing to budge,” he said.

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