SalgaAfro Voice reports that the SA Local Government Association (Salga) is hopeful the upcoming municipal wage negotiations, set to take place on Thursday and Friday, will produce a breakthrough.  

Salga spokesperson Sivuyile Mbambato said the association was sticking to its offer because it could not afford the 8-10% wage demands put forward by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu).  The union has previously rejected Salga’s 7% wage offer.  “We will hear from Samwu because they are the ones that said they were going to go back to their members to seek clarity.  “We will need to listen to them and they will need to give us feedback on what they have done and start negotiating from there,” Mbambato said.  Recently, Samwu general secretary Simon Mathe claimed that municipalities were able to afford the requested pay hike.  “We are finding ourselves in a situation where everything has increased.  We are looking at an increase of tax.  With the current offer from Salga, our members cannot earn a decent livelihood,” Mathe said.  He also pointed out that the salary gap between the ordinary workers and the senior managers was huge and needed to be closed.

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