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Govt, Samwu conclude wage talks

The union and government agreed to a 6.5 percent wage hike.

Municipal workers marched to the Cape Town Civic Centre on 5 July 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) on Wednesday said it finalised wage talks with government.

The Public Service and Administration Ministry has been locked in talks with several unions over salary increases.

During last week's post-Cabinet briefing, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi tried to allay fears after the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) declared a dispute.

Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema said the union and government agreed to a 6.5 percent wage hike.

"With regards to local government wage talks, we concluded negotiations late last week. Workers will get their payouts as soon as this month."