Samwu, Salga pay talks continue

2010-04-16 10:13

Talks between the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the SA

Local Government Association will continue today to find a resolution to the

ongoing national strike.

“Talks will resume today in Johannesburg from 2pm,” Salga’s Manager

of communications, Milisa Kentane, said.

Late yesterday, amid countrywide protest marches, Samwu announced

it was close to ending the strike.

Samwu members brought central Durban to a standstill and left the

Johannesburg CBD central littered with refuse.

“We are almost on the verge [of ending this strike]. We have been

able to find each other on contentious issues,” Samwu Gauteng secretary Vincent

Vena told a media briefing in Johannesburg.

In Durban protesters carrying animal skulls and waving sticks

danced through Dr Pixley Ka Seme Street (West Street) while singing “ubaba

uyajabula mangishay’ ibhunu” (my father is happy when I hit the Boer) and the

controversial “dubul’ ibhunu” (shoot the Boer).

Municipal workers gathered to hand over memoranda of demands to

government representatives in the various cities in a bid to pressure Salga into

acceding to their demands.

Samwu began its strike demanding market-related salaries for lower

and middle income employees on Monday.

It wanted this to apply to higher ranking officials’ salaries too

as Samwu charged they were overpaid and awarding themselves perks.

The strike would continue today.

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