The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said on Tuesday a municipal strike is imminent after a breakdown in salary and wage negotiations in the SA Native Executive Bargaining Council last week.
On the choice hand, the SA Native Executive Association (Salga) says the dispute can finest be resolved thru interest arbitration as antagonistic to strike movement.
Salga said it referred the matter to interest arbitration as a result of the truth that all municipalities assemble designated well-known services and products.
“Workers in the designated well-known services and products are prohibited from participating in strike movement in terms of the Labour Family Act.
“In these cases, the dispute can finest be resolved thru interest arbitration as antagonistic to strike movement,” Salga said on Monday.
Interest arbitration provides a mechanism to interrupt deadlocks in salary and wage negotiations. It is compulsory in disputes involving well-known services and products, where workers are prohibited from embarking on a strike movement.
On the choice hand, Samwu said Salga can no longer all of a surprising protect that municipal workers can no longer ride on strike because they whine so.
“Why were municipal workers no longer concept-about well-known provider after they were denied a Covid-19 allowance? Why were these identical workers no longer deemed to be well-known provider workers when assorted workers are busy getting the Covid-19 vaccinations, leaving municipal workers uncovered and vulnerable?” Samwu deputy standard-secretary Dumisane Magagula said on Tuesday.
Magagula said the union was in the means of concluding the balloting of its members for a possible strike as required by law.
“Already, an overwhelming majority of workers maintain voted in favour of a strike.”
Salga, as an employer body representing the nation’s 257 municipalities, is the one which is accountable for the give way of the salary and wage negotiations.
Dumisane Magagula, Samwu deputy standard-secretary
Samwu said it has officially filed its papers in the bargaining council declaring a dispute. It said as such, a dispute resolution mechanism can maintain to be followed.
“We reiterate that Salga, as an employer body representing the nation’s 257 municipalities, is the one which is accountable for the give way of the salary and wage negotiations,” Magagula said.
Salga, nonetheless, said the last round of negotiations were halted without warning on the first day last Thursday when Samwu pronounced that it had no interest to continue with the negotiations.
Salga said it eminent Samwu’s most up-to-the-minute home with a vast deal of disappointment as it genuinely believed there was skill to succeed in an settlement.
“The declaration of the deadlock by Samwu follows reasonably about a rounds of negotiations between the parties which culminated in the issuing of a facilitator’s proposal.”
Salga said the facilitator’s proposal called for a 4% all the way thru-the-board salary increase, linked to a multiyear settlement.
None of the parties authorized the facilitator’s proposal.
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