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The body representing SA’s 257 municipalities is set to embark on bilateral talks with two recognised unions in the bargaining council in a bid to break the wage dispute and avoid strike action.

The bid by the SA Local Government Association (Salga) comes after the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union (Imatu), rejected an independent facilitator’s proposal in June for a three-year pay deal for a 4% increase in the first year, and the consumer price index (CPI) minus 1% in the second and third years...

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