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SA’s largest municipal workers’ union, Samwu, says calls by the National Treasury to urge municipalities to apply for exemption from a multiyear wage agreement will  weaken unions’ bargaining position and set a bad  precedent.

The request comes as municipal workers are due for a wage increase of 6.25% on July 1. This forms part of the last leg of a three-year wage agreement signed at the SA Local Government Bargaining Council in 2018...

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