KZN Samwu ready to join strike

2011-08-04 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members will join their national counterparts when they embark on industrial action after declaring a wage dispute with the employer yesterday.

“Since the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is adamant about giving us a six percent salary increase we have declared a dispute and we are left with no option but to embark on an industrial action,” said KZN Samwu chairperson, John Dlamini.

The union wants 18%.

Dlamini said they have engaged with all the members in the province and are ready to strike by August 15.

Dlamini said it is ridiculous that section 57 managers earn such exorbitant salaries while ordinary municipal workers get paid meagre salaries that is why they have opted to strike.

Samwu’s general secretary said in a statement yesterday that in the local government sector the union was considering Salga’s latest offer of a 6,08% increase across the board for municipal workers.

Considering continued increases in the inflation rate that affect the poor especially, he said, “The union believes that our demand of 18% or R2 000, whichever is greater, is necessary to improve the living standards of municipal workers...”

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