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Samwu still uncertain if it will strike

Municipal Workers Union Samwu says it will only know in two weeks’ time whether its members will go on strike.

FILE: Samwu protesters have regrouped outside the civic centre in Cape Town after police launched stun grenades at them. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Municipal Workers Union ( Samwu) says it will only know in two weeks' time whether its members will go on strike.

The union has asked the local government bargaining council to give it more time to consult workers on a 7 percent wage increase proposed by a facilitator during conciliation.

Friday was the deadline to report back on the offer but some Samwu regions are still discussing the proposal.

The union's Papikie Mohale says the union will hold its central executive committee meeting next month.

"The CEC which will be held from 5-7 August in Durban will pronounce on whether the proposal has been accepted or rejected."

South African Local Government Association (Salga)'s Tahir Sema says the association hopes Samwu goes returns to the negotiation table.

"We have all within our power to resolve the negotiations at the negotiating table and we are confident that we can follow the public sector that recently settled its wage negotiations at the negotiating table and not on the streets."

The union initially wanted an 11 percent increase while Salga was offering a 5,9 percent hike for workers.