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SAMWU wage talks set to begin

The first round of wage negotiations between SAMWU and SALGA are set to begin next week.

South African currency. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The first round of wage negotiations between the South African Municipal Workers Union and the South African Local Government Association are set to begin next week.

SAMWU is calling for a 15 percent wage increase for municipal staff across the country.

It would like workers to be paid a monthly salary of R6,000.

SAMWU national spokesperson Tahir Sema said, "The South African Municipal Workers Union would meet with the employer body on 21 May. We are entering the talks with a view of negotiations which would be a give and take situation."

He added they were trying to avoid strike action at this stage.

"Strike action is on the table however, we are committed to the negotiating table. Should the employer refuse to listen to the reasonable and legitimate demands of the workers, we might want to take immediate strike action."