Tebogo Msimanga |
The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) says it welcomes the decision by the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) on 20 April 2022 to dismiss the appeal lodged by the City of Tshwane.
SAMWU Regional Secretary Mpho Tladinyane said the latest antics by the City of Tshwane come after the City took a deliberate decision to deny municipal workers their salary increases as agreed to in the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) in September 2021, salary increases were to be back-dated from 1 July 2021.
“Instead of paying workers their salary increases, the City dragged its feet until SAMWU approached the SALGBC for an enforcement order. We were surprised when on the eve of the enforcement hearing, the City lodged an application with the SALGBC to be exempted from paying workers their salary increases in line with the collective agreement reached by parties in the Council.”
Tladinyane further said the City’s exemption application which was heard by a Senior Panelist on the 8th of April was dismissed amongst other things: delay of six months in referring the matter to the national Bargaining Council and also for abuse of process.
The panelist indicated the action of the City has prejudiced employees all of whom are rate payers and are affected by the increase in the cost of living and further that the City of Tshwane has undermined collective bargaining.
“As SAMWU, our view has always been that the City is not acting in good faith, undermining collective bargaining and that it deliberately wants to deny municipal workers their salary and wage increases.”
He said noting the outcome of exemption and dismissal of the appeal, “SAMWU, therefore, calls on the City of Tshwane to implement the salary increase to alleviate hardships faced by its employees who have been waiting for 8 months for their salary increases.”