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tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that the regional branch of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is again at odds with the City of Tshwane over wage increases, an issue that led to a crippling unprotected strike last year.  

Regional union secretary Mpho Tladinyane said more than 100 shop stewards would picket on Monday at Tshwane House with a view to putting pressure on the acting city manager, Makgorometje Makgata, to resolve their grievances and avert further action.  Tladinyane said the workers’ contention was that there had been an “incorrect calculation” of new salary scales to be implemented in line with the City’s category 10 status.  The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs moved Tshwane from a level nine municipality to 10 in 2017, but its employees’ salary scales were not adjusted in line with its new higher status.  Last year, workers took to the streets of the capital over the salary adjustment dispute, bringing the city to a standstill.  To break the impasse, an investigation was undertaken to benchmark salary scales in Tshwane with those in other metros.  The report generally revealed discrepancies between workers in Tshwane and those in other major metros.  The City was expected to address the problem in December, but that was not done.  Tladinyane fingered the City’s governance support officer (GSO), Lorette Tredoux, as the person frustrating the process to meet metro workers’ demands.  He claimed Tredoux relied on “incorrect calculations” to determine new salary scales.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sakhile Ndlazi at Pretoria News

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