12 October 2012
The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) in Limpopo will be meeting with employer body South African local Government Association (SALGA) on the 16th of October, following the handing over of a memorandum of demands, by the Union.
The meeting will attempt to resolve all matters of concern to the Union, in the Limpopo Province; relating to SALGA’s refusal to implement the wage curve judgement we won in court. The meeting is also viewed as an attempt by the Employer to avert further action by SAMWU to get its concerns addressed.
SAMWU welcomes the initiative by SALGA and hopes that the meeting will arrive at a reasonable conclusion, for the purpose of creating stability within the Local Government sector.
It is high time SALGA comes to its senses and contributes to peace, accountability and stability within the sector. SAMWU wants to warn SALGA in advance, if their delegates come to the meeting with an intention to further frustrate processes then the meeting should be cancelled. As SAMWU we are ready to deal with issues affecting the sector, including SALGA’s arrogance in implementing the wage curve judgement as instructed by the labour court.
Wage curve agreement: The Wage Curve agreement we secured three years ago; is an attempt to pave the way for a proper wage structure to exist in the Municipal sector, where jobs and associated salaries are properly graded. This will ensure that many workers who for years have been underpaid will now receive the correct payment. The effect of the agreement is that payment will be backdated to September 2009.
Corruption: The Union is also demanding that Government begin dealing decisively with corruption in the sector.
For more information contact SAMWU’s Limpopo Provincial Secretary, Simon Mathe, on 071 458 4532.
South African Municipal Workers` Union of COSATU
National Media and Publicity Officer
Office: 011-492 2835.