Wage negotiations with the South African Local Government Bargaining Council have reached a deadlock after the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) formally declared a dispute on Thursday following its rejection of the facilitator’s proposals. Samwu had the ball in its court on Thursday to accept the three-year 7% salary and wage increase proposal presented by the bargaining council The proposal was accepted by the South African Local Government Association (Salga) as well as the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) after it consulted with its members. The multi-year increase, which would have been applied across the board and would have taken effect on July 1, has now been set aside. All negotiations have been suspended, including the wage curve negotiations. Samwu said claims that its demands were unaffordable were far from the truth. "A glance at the recently released auditor-general’s audit report on municipalities shows that municipalities have become ...

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