By renouncing the agreement, SALGA has attempted to resume wage negotiations on an agreement signed three years ago and which is found last year. The following options were presented by SALGA; The NEC was convened just days after the release of the results of the municipal audit for the 2018/2019 financial year. The NEC expressed serious concern about the continued decline in the results of municipal audits. These results represent a bleak future for municipalities, with the result that it would not be possible to continue providing services to residents if corrective action was not taken immediately. The NEC expressed great disappointment and anger at the position and presentation of the National Ministry of Finance. The meeting found that the participation of the National Ministry of Finance in the Bargaining Council was excessive, undermining the parties to the SALGBC and attempting to break off collective bargaining. The NEC viewed the presentation and position of the National Ministry of Finance as an attack and declaration of war against municipal workers. 2. that all workers will receive an increase of 3.25% per wage agreement from 1 July 2020 and 3% from 1 January 2021; SAMWU is preparing for war to defend wage agreements But we are encouraged by the large number of municipalities that have already written to workers informing them that they will abide by the collective wage agreement. The NEC also received a report that the employers` organization, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), had made a decision at a subsequent meeting to follow the National Ministry of Finance`s request for an exemption from municipalities. Salga informed the parties at the negotiating council that it was trying to abandon the final stage of the agreement.
SAMWU had filed a request for 9.5%, while the employers` organisation had retaliated with a 4.5% pay increase which it was prepared to revise in the event of an agreement on allied demands. The NEC welcomed the total rejection of the above-mentioned proposals by SALGA, which is a permanent and legal agreement that does not need to be renegotiated by its immediate implementation. The NEC considers this to be a declaration of war, a war that we are prepared to fight to the end to defend the collective agreement on wages, which is legally and contractually owed to municipal workers. The NEC expects nothing more than the implementation of the wage and wage agreement, whose failure will lead workers to take matters into their own hands. The union will therefore oppose any application for a municipal exemption. The NEC received a report that the National Treasury had made a presentation to the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC), which called on municipalities to stay away from the final stage of the 2018 three-year wage and wage agreement, which would require municipal workers to receive a 6.25% pay and wage increase as of July 1, 2020. For this reason, the union calls for all those responsible for waste, looting and corruption to be personally brought to justice and held accountable, and for these funds to be reimbursed by the participation of the asset collection department and the special investigation unit.