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26 May 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with great disappointment the highly inflated salary increases that Municipal Managers are in line to receive after being gazetted by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des Van Rooyen.

SAMWU Post Special CEC Statement

  • Thursday, 19 May 2016 17:26
19 May 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) held a successful Special Central Executive Committee (CEC) on the 19th May 2016 at the President Hotel in the City of Mangaung, Bloemfontein. The CEC is held during the Workers’ Month, we congratulate our federation for having hosted successful May Day celebrations across the country. We however are disappointed at the attendance particularly at the Lulekani Stadium and some venues in the Northern Cape. All COSATU affiliates should take responsibility for the poor attendance. We should further use these lessons when preparing for the celebrations next year.

16 May 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with great shock the amount of money being spent by the eThekwini Municipality on security services. Within a year the municipality spent over R472 million for protecting municipal assets. In addition to this, the City is spending over R36 million on private bodyguards for 19 councillors thus bringing the total money spent on private security to over R500 million a year.

SAMWU Concerned by High Unemployment

  • Tuesday, 10 May 2016 08:36
10 May 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes with deep concern and disappointment the latest employment statistics as represented by the Quarterly Labour Force Survey. What’s worrying the most is that certain industries such as manufacturing, construction and trade continue to shed jobs despite the levels of unemployment being astronomically high.

09 May 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes and welcomes the Judgement handed down today at the KZN High Court in our favour. This is indicative that there was no case to answer to in the first place and that the National Office Bearers had acted within their constitutional mandate.

05 May 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt of the integration plans by Department of Environmental Affairs with regards to the collection of waste in the country’s municipalities. During her Department’s budget vote, Minister Edna Molewa said that the country has over 60 000 waste pickers who collect recyclable material at municipal land fill sites. The Minister further said that her department has plans in place for the integration of waste pickers into municipalities a process that will include the creation of a Waste Management Bureau whose funding remains unclear.

05 May 2016

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has noted with concern the intention of the City of Tshwane to sell Municipal Residential properties. This was done through Council Resolution, Reference no 23785/1(12/1/1 – Residential Properties dated 24 March 2016. This tendency by the City of Tshwane started in 2015 where a number of land parcels where sold on auction.

SAMWU Clarity on Labour Court Judgement

  • Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:14
28 April 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes the judgement delivered by Judge Tlhotlhalemage in the Labour Court seating in Braamfontein on the 26th April 2016. There are those who have deliberately and mischievously misinterpreted the judgement for their convenience.


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