Municipal workers get 7% salary increase


The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) on Wednesday announced that it has signed a salary agreement with the SA Local Government Association (SALGA).

“The signing comes after rigorous mandate-taking processes to members, which resulted in the Samwu central executive committee meeting in August, confirming that majority of our members had accepted the facilitator’s report without any additions or subtractions,” spokesperson Papikie Mohale said in a statement.

“Municipal workers should receive their salary increase as of this month [September], back-dated from July 2015.” 

The agreement included a 7% across-the-board salary increase, a sectoral minimum wage of R6 014.93 with effect from July 1, 2015.

“The agreement also includes the retention of the 60:40 employer medical aid contribution. However, employer contribution will increase to a maximum of R3 871. There will also be a new housing allowance dispensation of R350 for low earners who are currently not servicing bonds and a R700 homeowner’s allowance,” Mohale said.

The union had sought an 11% wage increase, down from the 16% that was originally sought. SALGA has, in turn, revised their numbers from an original 4.5% increase to 5.9%.

SALGA represents the country’s 278 municipalities.