Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 16:24:18 +0100
Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YorkU.CA>
From: Anna Weekes <samwu@WN.APC.ORG>
Subject: SAMWU Press Statement: Wages settled!
SAMWU Press Statement: Wages settled!
SAMWU Press Release
Friday May 12th, 2000 5pm
National wage negotiations in the municipal sector, covering 240 thousand
municipal workers, were settled late this afternoon.
The South African Municipal Workers Union and the SA Local Government
Association agreed on a wage increase of the greater of 6% or R230 across
SAMWU also managed to have the minimum wage increased from R1335 per month
to R1600 per month. Last year was the first time that municipal workers,
some of whom earned R400 per month previously, achieved a minimum wage in
The settlement comes after 4 rounds of tense bargaining, where the employers
started off by offering no increase at all. By the final round of
bargaining, industrial action seemed imminent when the bosses were only
prepared to offer R112 for the lowest paid workers (equal to a 7.5%
increase) earning up to R3000 and then 5.5% for those earning between R3000
and R10 000.
The capitulation of the bosses to SAMWU's demands came only after the union
began preparations for industrial action.
Although the settlement still does not constitute a living wage for
municipal workers, SAMWU is pleased that the bosses were finally forced to
agree to a settlement of double what they were offering in the final round
for workers on the lower levels.
For comment contact Dale Forbes on 083 6512959