Samwu members could strike

Municipal union Samwu says industrial action remains high on the cards.

FILE: Municipal union Samwu says industrial action remains high on the cards. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Unions will be in a position to pronounce on whether workers will embark on a strike next week, the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said on Monday.

The union reiterated industrial action remains high on the cards and members are still being consulted on what the next move should be.

This after wage negotiations between unions and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) collapsed.

Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema slammed Salga for refusing to negotiate in good faith around a collective agreement signed in 2003.

"We are waiting on the employer [Salga] and we are still committed to the negotiating process. We can only hope the employer decides to come back to the negotiating table with a sobre mind."

Sema says Samwu isn't happy with Salga's attitude to issues.

"We will indicate to our members that we have been negotiating these matters for almost a year now. We haven't been able to resolve it [the issues] due to the employer not wanting to partake in the negotiating process of 'give and take'."