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salgbc thumb100 The Citizen reports that the City of Ekurhuleni and the Amathole District Municipality have been directed by the SA Local Government Bargaining Council (Salgbc) to pay salary increases to workers after exemption applications were turned down.  

Under the terms of a three-year wage agreement signed in 2018, municipal workers were supposed to receive a 6.25% salary increase from 1 July this year.  In a statement on Wednesday, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) asserted that the municipalities had to abide by the collective agreement.  The union explained further:  “As a result of the interference from the National Treasury and the South African Local Government Association (Salga), 11 municipalities invoked clause 11 of the collective agreement, essentially applying to be exempted from paying workers what is contractually and legally owed to them.  Samwu from the onset has been against these exemptions as the motivations and intentions are nothing but a smokescreen to interfere and collapse collective bargaining in the local government sector.”  In their exemption applications, most municipalities, including Ekurhuleni and Amathole, had apparently cited the Covid-19 pandemic as a reason why they would not be able to pay workers any increases.  But in Salgbc’s assessment, the municipalities failed to prove that it was as a result of the pandemic that they would not be paying increases.  Samwu said:  “All municipalities that have applied for exemption should pay workers their salary increases immediately, with interests.”

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