SAMWU wage negotiations deadlock

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Local government union SAMWU has declared a dispute with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) at the bargaining council, over wage negotiations.

The union wants a one year wage increase of 15 percent, a R2 000 housing allowance, and a R10 000 minimum wage.

Employers want a three-year agreement and are offering a seven percent increase on wages and housing allowance.

SAMWU’s general-secretary Simon Mathe says they’re getting a mandate from workers.

“ We are going to embark on another consultative process with our members, to determine a course of action – but logic dictates that we would have to enter mediation process, if it fails it will result in us embarking on industrial action. We started in November last year and concluded today,” Mathe says.

Meanwhile the Public Service sector strike looks set to continue, the unions will brief the media on Friday.