Tebogo Msimanga |
The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) on Wednesday concluded the long-overdue salary and wage negotiations for the 257 municipalities who are represented by the employer body, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
Salary and wage negotiations for workers in the sector began earlier in March this year in anticipation of the 2018 salary and wage collective agreement lapsing in June 2020.
SAMWU Secretariat Dumisane Magagula said as per the collective agreement, municipal workers will receive a 3.5% salary increase in the first year of the agreement and a salary increase linked to projected CPI in the outer years of the agreement (2022 and 2023).
“A once-off amount of R4000 for employees earning less than R12500 and R3000 once-off for those earning R12501 and above. Home-owners allowance of R965,00” .
Magagula said the parties agreed to negotiate the employer contribution towards medical aid in the process of reviewing the Main Collective Agreement.
He added that the Parties agreed on a process of investigating the employability of EPWP and CWP employees who are based in municipalities, this investigation will be finalised within 12 months.
“On the 15th September, parties in the SALGBC signed off the salary and wage collective agreement with the exception of the employer body, SALGA whose delegating authority, the CEO expected to sign by Friday 17th September 2021.”
Magagula further said as most municipalities have already concluded their payrolls runs for the months, they expect all municipal workers to receive their salary increases with their October 2021 salaries, backdated to the 1st of July.