Salga & municipal unions to sign agreement

The seven percent wage deal will put an end to months of negotiations between the association & unions.

FILE: Initially unions wanted an 11 percent wage increase while Salga offered 5,9 percent but come to a compromise after talks with a mediator. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A wage settlement between the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and municipal unions will be signed off next week.

The seven percent wage deal will put an end to months of negotiations between the association, the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu).

Initially unions wanted an 11 percent wage increase while Salga offered 5,9 percent but came to a compromise after talks with a mediator.

Salga's Tahir Sema said, "Across the board, salary adjustment for all workers will be seven percent. The rest is allocated to improvement and benefits such as housing allowance. We are glad that we've reached an agreement at the negotiating tables and not on the streets."

He adds the agreement allows Salga to free up resources.

"This would now allow us to free up much needed resources to further negotiate conditions of service and the improvement of quality public services for the benefit of all residents in the county."

Samwu general secretary Walter Theledi said the union is ready.

"After having our central executive committee we did inform the bargaining council of our readiness to accept the offer and even sign an agreement."