The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) today signed an addition to the benchmarking collective agreement that aims to address the impasse between SAMWU and the employer over the past three weeks. It is unfortunate that we have to get to this point in the history of collective bargaining in the Tshwane division. It has never happened that our employer has broken a collective agreement signed The Tshwane metro, where the administrative capital of SA is located, has again bowed to the pressure of the unions and has implemented an agreement that will place the salaries of their employees at the level of other major municipalities in the country. The signed agreement stated that the parties would reopen discussions on how the remaining balance would be paid if the revenue target was not met. “We would like to state categorically that, contrary to the city`s statement that an agreement has been reached, there are no results of engagement between the parties.” In July, the city managed to pay Samwu workers the 6.25 percent wage increase agreed two years ago. “The challenge we have is that the city`s revenues have been devastatingly affected and there is no way to pay for both, otherwise we will compromise the provision of services.” Finally, we recognized that in the future it would not be easy to realize that we are now left to our own devices. When we started with 18% and benchmarking, IMATU told its members that we were crazy and that we wouldn`t win, and we proved to all employees that we weren`t fighting a fight that we wouldn`t win. All employees, regardless of union membership, took advantage of our sweat. So this shows that others are a parasitic entity. It is not fair for others to tell us that the city has no money, as if they were an extension of the employer Administrators have presided over the affairs of the municipality since March, after being left without direction due to political conflicts over service delivery.
The decision to place the city under administration was announced by GAUTENGS MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditionsal Affairs (Cogta). Pretoria – Although progress was made, nothing was set in stone when it came to the impasse between the regional SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and the administrators of the city of Tshwane over payments comparatively. While details regarding samwu`s deal have yet to be clarified, BusinessDay quoted Chief Administrator Mpho Nawa, who said the city`s labor costs are increased by R45m every month. Regarding the benchmarking agreement, Nawa said there was nothing to do since a precedent had already been set when workers were paid for the 2017-2018 period, as part of the agreement, in January 2020. “In fact, our hands were tied,” he told Business Day on Friday. Tshwane Chief Administrator Mpho Nawe said Thursday on POWER Breakfast that the city simply doesn`t have enough revenue to honor the two payments. This despite protests by city administrator Mpho Nawa that such increases could lead to financial ruin for the financially troubled metro.