The South African Municipal Workers’ Union and South African Local Government Association have finally put pen to paper on how salaries can be increased.
There’s some positive news for the public sector as the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has reached an agreement with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
SALGA has finally agreed to grant municipal workers a seven percent salary increase. This deal comes after protracted negotiations which even involved an independent mediator.
“We fought hard to ensure that in the difficult economic and political climate which we were negotiating in‚ our members could get the best possible deal‚” said SAMWU general secretary Simon Mathe in a statement.
According to the new three-year agreement, employees earning less than R9,000 would receive an additional 0.5 percent salary increment, a seven percent homeowner’s allowance, a non-pensionable allowance of R350 and contribution towards medical aid that will increase by the same salary increment.
Mathe said that employees had even become frustrated, as a result of the wage talks which seemed to be dragging on. “These negotiations had been protracted to a point where municipal workers had become frustrated‚ as the previous agreement had lapsed and they did not know what increment they would be getting.”
“As these negotiations have been concluded‚ we will be going back to the drawing board to restrategise on how we will be approaching the next negotiations. We will first convene a bargaining conference‚ which will characterise the posture that shall be taken as we negotiate again‚”. Mathe added.