Firefighters declare formal dispute with City of CT over salaries
Firefighters affiliated to Samwu and the Imatu want their allowances increased to 79.23% of their salaries, from the current 22.8%.
CAPE TOWN - Unions representing firefighters have declared a formal dispute with the City of Cape Town over salaries.
Firefighters affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union (Imatu) want their allowances increased to 79.23% of their salaries, from the current 22.8%.
Allowances determine how much firefighters are paid for being on standby at fire stations.
The City of Cape Town and the unions first agreed to a facilitation process to review the collective agreement.
Following this, the city offered to increase the standby allowance to 30%, but this was rejected by unions.
The facilitator had recommended a 35% allowance, which was also turned down.
The matter is going before the Bargaining Council at the end of October.
If that fails, a formal arbitration process will follow, which could take several months to finalise.
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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)