Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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15 Apr 2021
7:17 pm

Invest in municipal workers to improve service delivery, says Samwu

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

In a statement on Wednesday, the union referred to Salga's 2.8% offer as an insult and a 'spit in the face' of municipal workers.

Roads barricaded and blocked with burning tyres, as protesters demand better basic services. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

  The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) says under investment in workers is to blame for the nationwide service delivery crisis in the country. The government's wage austerity policy will have its first test run as wage negotiation season has kicked off in earnest in the public sector. Following the union's rejection of its offer, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) threw down the gauntlet and refused to back down from a 2.8% blanket wage hike cap, which has angered Samwu. This raise will be 1.5% below projected inflation and comes with a total freeze of increases on...