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Third round of Municipal Wage negotiations deadlocked Ė mediator puts proposal on table
15 June 2012
Municipal Wage Negotiations continues to be deadlocked. The third round of negotiations which ended yesterday 14th June, failed to resolve the impasse between SAMWU and SALGA.
SAMWU came into the negotiations demanding an 11.5% increase and an improvement in the existing minimum wage of R4600. SALGA on the other hand threatened to remove all existing agreements governing leave, sick leave, disciplinary procedures, etc. and offered a below inflation wage adjustment of 4.5%.
After two days of tough negotiations, the huge gap between the parties could not be bridged.
The facilitator, Yunis Shaik, decided to put a Mediatorís Proposal on the table in an attempt to break the current deadlock in negotiations. The key terms of the Mediators Proposal is for a 6.5% wage increase and for SALGA to delay giving notice to terminate all existing agreements to 30 September 2012.
All parties have until 2 July 2012 to consider the Mediatorís Proposal. SAMWU has agreed to reconvene bargaining immediately thereafter, to respond to the Mediatorís Proposal.
SAMWUís General Secretary, Mthandeki Nhlapo, indicated that the Mediatorís proposal was far from the Unionís mandate. It was going to be a tough job to take the proposal back to workers but the Union was committed to finding a resolution to the wage deadlock.
For further information contact the Collective Bargaining Officer, Dale Forbes, on 0842996567 or the General Secretary, Mthandeki Nhlapo, on 0725369756.
South African Municipal Workers` Union of COSATU
National Media and Publicity Officer
Office: 011-492 2835.