Municipal wage demands unreasonable - Salga

Salga says municipalities cannot afford to go give a double digit percentage pay hike.

Standing strong: Samwu is calling for an 11 percent wage increase for its members. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Local Government Association says wage demands by municipal workers are unreasonable and will compromise service delivery.

South African Local Government Association (Salga) and South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and Independent Municpal & Allied Trade Union (Imatu) concluded a second round of negotiations last week.

The association revised its pay hike offer to 5.4 percent, while unions have scaled down their initial demands from 15 to 11 percent.

Salga spokesperson Tahir Sema says municipalities cannot afford to go any higher.

Sema says if Salga gives more than what the municipalities can afford they will be taking away money that should be spent on delivering services to communities across South Africa.

"Therefore we cannot concede to a double digit wage increase," he said.