Samwu insists on double-digit hike

2011-08-18 10:25

Johannesburg - Striking municipal workers will settle for nothing less than a double-digit wage increase, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said on Thursday.

"The proposed figure is never what you get in the end, but we will settle for nothing under double digits," said spokesperson Tahir Sema.

Samwu members took to the streets on Monday in an attempt to push for an 18% salary hike. The SA Local Government Association (Salga) has offered a 6.8% increase.

Sema said that 18% was not a "ridiculous" figure on which to begin negotiations.

"This figure will eventually be negotiated downwards. Just come to the table and begin negotiations," he said.

Disgruntled workers were to picket at work places around the country on Thursday. Provincial marches would take place on Friday.

"We are busy with mobilisation efforts," Sema said.

Workers would march for their wage demands and also in protest against the municipal systems amendment bill.

The legislation is being called the cadres' bill because it bars party office bearers from being employed in senior positions in municipalities.

Samwu said it was still deciding whether to challenge the bill in the Constitutional Court.

The union called off a threatened strike about the bill a week before the local government elections on May 18 after last-minute talks with the ANC, led by President Jacob Zuma.


  • grootdors - 2011-08-18 10:35

    Give them 5% this year and 5% next year. Then it is 10%. (double digit increase)

  • zaatheist - 2011-08-18 10:40

    Well show them two two fingers then.

  • birdman - 2011-08-18 10:43

    Lock them out! There are thousands of people without jobs who would only be too eager to work for the wages and perks that these ungrateful cretins are getting. If they want an 18% increase, they must in return give an 18% better performance, or lay off 18% of the workforce. This will unfortunately never happen. So the employer should enforce a lock-out, which they are entitled to do. Every year the same thing with these idiots. It's time that the money grabbing Trades Union pay for the damage that "not their members" cause!

  • derkus - 2011-08-18 10:49

    if my rubbish is mot collected do I get a credit on my account next month?

  • Dionlaw - 2011-08-18 11:04

    Double digit increase. Our municipal workers must surely bhe the most incompetent work-force in the country. See how disastrous service delivery is in most municipalities. Where it is regarded as a good rule that 20% of the municipal budget should be spent ons salaries and the rest on prjects and service delivery, some municipalities spend as much as 60% on salaries. It takes no rocket scientist to see that the municpality is in a destructive downward spiral with virtually non existent productivity. These strikers must destroy and damage and spread garbage to be seen as being actively striking becauser if they did not do that, nobody would realise that there is in fact a strike

  • Tlhogokgolo - 2011-08-18 11:06

    this is the right way of doing it if you are willing to downscale this demand.

      Alan - 2011-08-18 17:18

      Tlhogokgolo There's an afrikaans saying which applies to you which says: Leë vat hou toe jou kraan, dan sien ons jou vir 'n volle aan. (there is no way that this is the right way of doing "it"

  • Jasber - 2011-08-18 11:17

    Fire all of them and employ people who are desparately looking for work. There are millions of unemployed people in SA - get rid of these radical thugs who trash everything and have no respect for any form of civilization.

  • Netherlands - 2011-08-18 11:23

    Half a Loaf is BETTER THAN NO LOAF AT ALL!!!

  • So What If.. - 2011-08-18 11:24

    Fire the lot and get people that wants to work. These idiots do not give a damn about the millions of people that are without work and will not be able to find work, because a number of useless, incompetant, idiots demand higher salaries, for work they cannot or do not want to do.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-08-18 11:27

    So if they know it will be negotiated down why not just start at a lower percentage instead of dragging it out?

  • Risch - 2011-08-18 11:52

    I'm sorry, did I miss something?? Didn't they strike last year as well?? And got a massive increase?? Eish, I should be so lucky! I'm thankful I have a job, so even though I would love a bigger salary, I say thank you and keep it, or they'll get someone else who will be thankful for the job. And opposed to these workers, I actually have to pay my rent, my water and lights and schoolfees.. What are they doing with their money???

  • Johan - 2011-08-18 12:42

    Double digit - what about "00"?

  • Kevin - 2011-08-18 13:20

    1 % increase and retrench 50 % of them.

  • AmNoClever - 2011-08-18 14:57

    Facts the lowest paid worker gts about R4300 a month before deductions, minus them depending on the medical aid and pension fund they take deductions are not the same and take into consideration those guyz are the only ones that are deducted shorttime u'r late 5mins it money deducted and most use metrofail and thats hours in shorttime. if u dont know thay get R5 a day to claen blocked drains. i say 10 or more nothingless aluta continua

  • MattQ4 - 2011-08-18 16:11

    You want double digits? how about 5.5%

  • connie.modukanele - 2011-08-18 16:45

    its high time the government started giving performance based increases like we get in the private sector, i mean double digit increase for sitting and doing nothing the whole day? and giving the same people that pay your salary a stinking attitude???? i dont think so!!!

  • Alan - 2011-08-18 17:11

    MattO4.. you're almost right.. I would think 0.55% would be more appropriate as that is just about what they worth when u look at the unem- ployment and willing people to work for much less.

  • Mxhuma - 2011-08-18 19:00

    Samwu missed a golden opportunity just before the local govt elections: they were about to go on strike because of the Municipal Systems Bill but president Zuma convinced them that the timing of the strike was 'counter revolutionary' and would harm the chances of the governing party at the ballot box. He promised to look into their demands soon after the elections. Zuma signed the bill into Law soon after the elections and Samwu was left with an egg on the face. In the WC, Samwu was outwitted again by SALGA during some negotiations on April 20. Apparently they agreed to pay a certain amount of money(backdated to July 2010). The following day after the agreement was signed Samwu( and IMATU) realized that the agreement they had just signed was backdating to 2011 instead of 2010 as they had agreed the day before. Now the matter is in court. And now there are allegations of a missing 6 million in Gautent.....

  • Tony - 2011-08-18 19:24

    On the other hand ...... are four fingers and a thumb! Sorry, irrelevant, but I just wanted to say that.

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