South African Municipality Workers Union (Samwu) members at the Sol Plaatje municipality have called off their lunchtime picket after the municipality agreed to implement a wage curve agreement.
The union’s chairperson at the municipality, Manne Moremi, said workers would get part of the salaries owed to them for the past nine months after the wage curve agreement was signed.
“This is a victory for the union.
“The municipality is busy with the administrative work to ensure that workers receive their salaries which are owed for the past nine months.”
Although Moremi could not specify how much money each worker at the municipality would receive once the wage curve was implemented, each worker was expected to receive thousands of rands.
Moremi said there was also movement on the issue of the permanent appointment of workers still on contract workers at the municipality.
However, municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie said the decision to implement the wage curve was not a victory for the picketing workers because “this agreement has been signed at national level”.
“It must be stressed that not all employees at the municipality will benefit from the implementation of the wage curve agreement,’’ Matsie said.
He said the implementation of the agreement would start with grading the employees.
Moremi said that a technical committee would meet this week with the management of the municipality to discuss the issue of permanent appointment of workers on contract.
He said the series of pickets, which were expected to start this week, were to fight racism at the municipality.