Municipalities are arrogant: Cosatu

2011-08-29 22:25
Bloemfontein - Municipalities are being arrogant by not raising their wage offer for their employees from 6%, Cosatu in the Free State said on Monday.

“It is very disturbing and annoying to see how the SA Local Government Association [Salga] treats workers under the SA Municipal Workers' Union [Samwu],” the Congress of SA Trade Unions' Free State secretary Sam Mashinini said on Monday.

Samwu, a Cosatu affiliate, had dropped its salary demands from 18% to 10%, whilst Salga had made no move at all. He said in any negotiation, the principle guiding both sides should be a willingness to address the dispute.

Mashinini said Salga’s attitude did not make sense. It was critical for the employer to raise its offer to the workers.

“We are calling on Salga to be serious and take issues raised by workers seriously," Mashinini said.

Last week striking municipal workers trashed Bloemfontein streets during protest marches to the Bram Fischer Building, headquarters of the Mangaung metro.

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