No decision on strike yet – Samwu

2011-07-20 13:28

A decision on whether the local government and water sectors would go on strike is only expected by the end of the week, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has said.

“Samwu is ... still busy consulting its membership nationwide, in relation to the current wage negotiations,” said spokesperson Tahir Sema in a statement.

The union wants an 18% salary increase while the employer, the SA Local Government Association (Salga), is offering just more than 6%.

The union had previously threatened to strike over the Municipal Systems Amendment Bill, recently signed into law by President Jacob Zuma.

Samwu was opposed to the so-called “cadre bill”, which bars party office bearers from being employed in senior positions in municipalities.

Last Thursday, Samwu said it expected feedback from its members on whether the strike should go ahead by today, but Sema said that consultation would continue until the end of the week.

Before the end of next week, a special national executive committee meeting would be held in readiness for the next round of negotiations with the Salga.

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