SAMWU Post Special Central Executive Committee update

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) convened a Special Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting in accordance with Clause 9.2.5 of the Union’s Constitution. This Special CEC, which took place virtually on February 29th, was attended by delegates from all provinces to address salary and wage negotiations, organisational issues, finances of the organisation and political matters. 

On salary and wage negotiations

The Special CEC acknowledged that the current salary and wage collective agreement, concluded in the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC), will expire on June 30, 2024. Negotiations for the next financial year will commence among the parties in the SALGBC.

In light of rising inflation and the cost of living, the meeting consolidated mandates from provinces and agreed to present SAMWU’s demands as follows; 

1.     A single-year collective agreement.

2.     A 15% or R4000 salary increase, whichever is greater, to help members cope with the rising cost of living.

3.     A sectoral minimum wage of R15 000 to ensure decent living standards for all municipal workers.

4.     A 70:30 medical aid subsidy, with the employer contributing 70% and employees contributing 30%, to improve access to affordable healthcare.

5.     A R3000 housing allowance for all municipal workers to support members facing housing challenges.

6.     A demand for the provision of serviced stands for municipal workers to build their own homes, promoting homeownership and long-term stability.

7.     Six months of fully paid leave for maternity, paternity, and adoption leave to support work-life balance and family well-being.

On Amanzi Bargaining Council (ABC)
The meeting received a report on the Amanzi Bargaining Council (ABC), which represents water boards across the country. Recognizing the importance of ensuring all water boards have a voice in the council, the meeting resolved that each Water Board shall have representation in the ABC Central Council. This commitment to fair representation strengthens the ABC’s ability to advocate effectively for the needs of our members within the Water Sector.

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