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Samwu consults members on new wage offer

Samwu and Imatu are demanding an 11 percent increase, while Salga has offered a 5.9 percent hike.

FILE: Samwu and Imatu are demanding an 11 percent increase, while Salga has offered a 5.9 percent hike. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) is consulting its members on a new wage offer.

A facilitator has proposed a 7 percent pay increase over three years.

Unions met with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) last week in conciliation talks aimed at averting a national strike.

Samwu and another municipal workers union, Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), are demanding an 11 percent increase, while Salga has offered a 5.9 percent hike.

Samwu's Papikie Mohale said, "We're currently in the process of engaging our members to make them aware of the contents of the proposed agreement."

Meanwhile, Salga's Tahir Sema said the association will take the offer to individual municipalities.

"We'll crisscross the country and we'll check with municipalities with regard to the affordability of the facilitator's proposal of where parties should settle."