Municipal workers want 18-percent increase

By Khanyisa Tabata
19 July 2011

The South African Municipal Workers Union is consulting with its members on the possibility of a national strike within the coming week. Union leaders canvassed members yesterday on salary negotiations, corruption and the Municipal Systems Amendment Act.

Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema says the union wants an 18-percent salary hike while the employer, the South African Local Government Association, is offering six.

Meanwhile, marathon negotiations continued into the night in a bid to end the disruptive strike in the petroleum and pharmaceutical sector.

Employers’ latest wage hike offer stood at between eight- and 10-percent for the different salary scales, while unions were demanding 13-percent.

All parties said the fact that all the role players were around the negotiation table, was a positive sign.


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