SAMWU statement from press conference – wages and national congress

20 July 2012

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) will hold its National Congress from 7-10 August in Mangaung, Free State province. The Union will head to its Congress with a combined membership of 160 000 for the first time. Our National Congress will certainly strengthen the organisation even further.

With regards to annual wage increases and negotiations in the sector that has been going on for some time now, the SAMWU National Executive Committee (NEC) endorsed the facilitator’s proposal reluctantly. Increases will be paid out from the end of July 2012. The deal was reached in the interest of members and the society at large. The Facilitators proposal is as follows; a 6.5% increase in July, a further 0.5% increase in January 2013, inflation plus 1.25% in 2013/14 and inflation plus 1% in 2014/15. Furthermore, employer body SALGA agreed to provide a 100% employer contribution towards medical aid benefits for low income earners, an 18% contribution to retirement funds and the filling of all vacant positions in the sector (amounting to some 30 000 vacant positions).

On the issue of the Wage Curve agreement judgment that we won, we will be dealing with its implementation, we not happy with the many delays but the judgment was undoubtedly positive. Workers struggled to get the wage curve resolve implemented.

Going forward, the Union will also strengthen its resolve to fight corruption, maladministration and violence against our members. We are concerned by the attack on workers and their safety, such as the attack on emergency service workers in Johannesburg and the conviction of a Mayor and his bodyguard in the North West, for the murder of a whistle blower associated with SAMWU.

For further comment, contact SAMWU’s General Secretary Mthandeki Nhlapo on 0725369756 or SAMWU’s Deputy General Secretary Walter Theledi on 082 558 6580.

Issued by Tahir Sema
South African Municipal Workers` Union of COSATU
National Media and Publicity Officer
tahir.sema@samwu.org.za
Office: 011-492 2835

Fax: 0866186479
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