The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has accused the South African Local Government Association (Salga) of negotiating salary and wage increases in bad faith after Salga put forward an initial proposal of 2,8%.
Samwu secretary Dumisane Magagula said the offer was “ridiculous” and would lead to its members taking to the streets.
Earlier this week The Witness reported that Samwu had threatened strike action should Salga not meet them halfway. This was the first round of negotiations with the second round set to take place next month.
“Given the arrogance and negotiation in bad faith by Salga, we are therefore mobilising and readying our members to ensure that their demands are met,” said Magugula.
He added he was of the view that their demands, which included a R4 000 increase across the board, was affordable for municipalities.
Salga has also proposed to freeze all benefits linked to salaries. Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) Msunduzi chairperson, Themba Lyons, said it would consult with its members about the proposal.