Samwu files notice for nationwide strike

As SA struggles with strikes in various sectors, municipal workers could embark on industrial action next.

Municipal workers on strike. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) on Monday said it has filed a notice to embark on a nationwide work stoppage.

This is as the country struggles with strikes in the mining and transport sectors.

Samwu said government ignored its demand to have market-related salaries for medium and low-income workers.

Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema said, "What have been fighting to retain this for the past three years despite the labour force indicating that the agreement or issue should be implemented."

The union is also demanding that corruption in local government structures be rooted out.

It said this sphere of government has the lowest level of accountability.

The union said it is still consulting with its 190,000 members on when the strike will start, but said it could be as soon as this week.