The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has signed off on a 3.5% salary hike for municipal workers after negotiations deadlocked earlier this year.
SAMWU's Deputy General Secretary, Dumisane Magagula, said the union reached an agreement with South African Local Government Association (SALGA) on Tuesday at the bargaining council.
“A 3.5% salary increase in the first year of the agreement and a salary increase linked to projected CPI in the outer years of the agreement (2022 and 2023).
“A once-off amount of R4000 for employees earning less than R12500 and R3000 once-off for those earning R12501 and above,” explained Magagula.
Magagula said there is an agreement with the employer to launch an investigation into Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and Community Work Programme (CWP) in municipalities.
“Parties agreed on a process of investigating the employability of EPWP and CWP employees who are based in municipalities. This investigation will be finalised within 12 months,” he said.
The agreement also includes the following:
1. Home owners allowance of R965,00
2. Parties agreed to negotiate the employer contribution towards medical aid.