Municipal strike still on

2010-04-08 09:42

On Wednesday night, the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) were in a four hour meeting.

Salga is urgently trying to avert the strike that is planned by the union set to start next week Monday.

Samwu’s deputy general secretary Walter Theledi said on Thursday: “Salga came up with proposals and it was agreed that they would send a written copy of the proposals by 10 am today [Thursday].”

Once Samwu get the written proposals, Theledi said they would handle it internally and would get back to Salga on Thursday afternoon.

Theledi made it clear that until they announce otherwise the strike on Monday is still on.

The key points that have led to the strike are:

) Salga’s refusal to introduce a job evaluation system that will grade all jobs in the sector

) Salga is willing to introduce a job evaluation system but is only prepared to pay at half of the market rates for jobs such as nurses, plumbers, electricians, engineers and technicians.

) Salga wants to compare and peg municipal wages at 2008 levels whilst municipal managers and councillors continue to pay themselves hugely inflated salaries, bonuses and grant themselves other perks.

Whilst Salga underpays municipal workers, it continues to fire the remaining workers.

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