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Municipal Wage Curve victory! Labour Court sets record straight
27 June 2012
The Labour Court matter concerning the Wage Curve for Local Government has gone in SAMWU’s favour. The issue decided by the court was whether fraudulent changes made by a SALGA (South African Local Government Association) official, Advocate Mzwanele Yawa, who without the Unions knowledge changed and signed an agreement at the conclusion of a week-long strike. The belief of the Unions that fraud was committed by the said official has now been vindicated by the court.
The judgment brings to the fore the blatant dishonesty displayed by SALGA officials, fully backed up by the CEO of SALGA, Mr Xolile George and other high ranking SALGA officials. The attempt to deceive the Unions and set back workers’ wages by one year has now been stopped.
Municipal workers have been waiting patiently for a year for judgment on this matter. This patience had been wearing thin as SALGA continued to display its arrogant contempt for Municipal Workers; by offering a below inflation increase for the forthcoming financial year and attempting to cancel the Main Collective Agreement governing all conditions of service in the sector. SALGA’s arrogant behaviour was further displayed as it continued to give Municipal Managers and Councillors huge increases in salaries and allowances.
The judgment paves 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 skilled 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.
SAMWU hopes that the sanity that the judge has brought to SALGA’s misdeeds will feed into the current wage negotiations for the sector that we are engage in and that SALGA will meet the Union’s demands for an above inflation increase.
For further details contact SAMWU’s Deputy General Secretary Walter Theledi on 082 558 6580 or SAMWU’s National Bargaining Officer Dale Forbes on 084 299 6567.
South African Municipal Workers` Union of COSATU
National Media and Publicity Officer
Office: 011-492 2835.