Tebogo Msimanga |
The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in the Free State province says it is enraged by the failure of municipalities to pay municipal workers their salaries in full and on time. As of Friday,01 July 2022, four municipalities, Mafube, Masilonyana,Tokologo and Kopanong Local Municipalities have failed to honour their contractual obligations with employees by failing to pay them their salaries on the 25th as per employees’ contracts of employment.
SAMWU General Secretary Dumisane Magagula said workers at Kopanong Local Municipality have not received their salaries for three consecutive months, at Mafube and Masilonyana, workers have gone two months without receiving salaries while at the Tokologo Local Municipality, workers are yet to receive their May 2022 salaries. “Additionally, third parties such as medical aids, pension funds and funeral policies have not been paid by these municipalities, creating a situation wherein workers’ cover would lapse due to non-payment”.
Magagula added that they are enraged by the fact that instead of ensuring that workers’ salaries are paid in full and on time, some of these municipalities have resorted to offering workers food vouchers as payment which would be deducted from their salaries the day that these municipalities decide to pay workers their salaries.
Magagula further said this failure by municipalities will undoubtedly have a ripple effect on service delivery in the province. “Workers cannot be expected to work for free or be insulted by being offered food vouchers”.