Pretoria News writes that the regional branch of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is again at odds with the City of Tshwane over wage increases – the issue which led to a crippling unprotected strike last year. Regional union secretary Mpho Tladinyane said more than 100 shop stewards will today picket at Tshwane House with a view to putting pressure on the acting city manager, Makgorometje Makgata, to resolve their grievances and avert further action. Tladinyane said the workers’ contention was that there had been an “incorrect calculation” of new salary scales to be implemented in line with the City’s category 10 status.
The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs moved Tshwane from a level nine municipality to 10 in 2017, but its employees’ salary scales were not adjusted in line with its new higher status. The City was expected to address the problem in December, but that was not done. Tladinyane fingered the City’s governance support officer (GSO), Lorette Tredoux, as the person frustrating the process to meet metro workers’ demands. He claimed Tredoux relied on “incorrect calculations” to determine new salary scales. Tladinyane said Samwu gave the acting city manager until today to clarify all matters in this regard and warned that shop stewards would gather at Tshwane House, the council headquarters, to demand proper implementation of the new salaries.
by Sakhile Ndlazi