D-day for Salga to report on wage settlement

The union initially wanted an 11 percent increase while Salga was offering a 5.9 percent hike for workers.

FILE: The union initially wanted an 11 percent increase while Salga was offering a 5.9 percent hike for workers. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Today is D-day for municipal unions and employers to report whether they will accept a facilitator's proposed wage offer to avoid possible strike action.

The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) have been consulting their members on a 7 percent increase proposed by a mediator.

The union initially wanted an 11 percent increase while Salga was offering a 5.9 percent hike for workers.

Salga's Tahir Sema said, "The South African Local Government Association will report back to the bargaining council with regard to the facilitator's proposal for salary and wage settlement for more than 250,000 municipal employees."