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12 October 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes with concern the recent electricity tariff hike request by the country’s power utility Eskom. The power utility has applied for a 19.9% tariff hike for its direct customers and a 25% hike for customers who receive their electricity from municipalities. The reality is that South Africans are already forced to stretch their Rands as far as they can. As a result, the requested tariff hike would not be affordable to ordinary citizens particularly given the country’s high levels of unemployment and poverty. This increase will further result in consequential increases of food and transport. The working class are forced to use large percentages of the peanuts they get in exchange of their labour for transport, food and electricity.
10 October 2017

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has noted remarks which have been brought to our attention by members and concerned citizens made by the General Secretary Comrade Simon Mathe over the weekend in Aganang, Limpopo. It should be noted that the General Secretary was not addressing a SAMWU event but that of the ANC when making the remarks which have tribalistic connotations. Despite the remarks being made in his capacity as a member of the ANC, we feel it very important that we should distance ourselves from such remarks as they may be considered to be the view of the union, which they definitely are not.

SAMWU to Participate in the National Strike

  • Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:45
21 September 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) as an affiliate of COSATU will be heeding the call by the Trade Union Federation to participate in the upcoming national strike against state capture and corruption on the 27th September 2017. The national strike has been called following COSATU’s submission of a Section 77 notice to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) earlier this year. This is a protected strike and as such, no worker will be disciplined or fired for participating in the strike action.

SAMWU and Sanlam Women Empowerment event

  • Monday, 18 September 2017 10:10
SAMWU and Sanlam took a step in honouring women this September.
The SAMWU and Sanlam Women Empowerment event took place at the Sanlam offices in Alice Lane Sandton. The event was carved out of a need to create a platform for discourse around issues which affect women, moreover the goal was for women to lead the narrative in coming up with solutions for societal, financial and other types of issues which they face on a daily basis.
08 September 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has taken keen interest in the developments within the City of Johannesburg, particularly the motion of no confidence which has been filed by the ANC Johannesburg region against Mayor Herman Mashaba. Following the filing of the motion, Mashaba ran to the media in an attempt to redeem himself while casting aspersions on those who filed the motion against him. This is a clear indication of how clueless and irresponsible Mashaba is with processes and procedures of local government. He should have waited for the motion to be debated in council instead of debating it in the media, after all its council which will be debating and voting on the motion.

SAMWU and VBS product launch

  • Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:48
The 30th of August 2017 marks the first day of SAMWU hosting its staff Indaba at Black Mountain Hotel in Thaba Nchu, this staff gathering is not a usual one as the organisation has tasked itself in introducing products and services which will benefit the worker. In the presence of various media houses, social partners, employees, esteemed speakers and press, the gathering commenced. A key component on the first day, is the launch of the partnership between SAMWU and VBS Mutual Bank.
29 August 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) as the majority union representing workers at Magalies Water which supplies water to the Rusternburg, Madibeng, Moretele Local Municipalities in the North West has submitted salary and wage demands for the 2017/18 financial year. Following a rigorous consultation with our members, and the lapse of the previous salary and wage agreement, our demands have been submitted as follows;
28 August 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) is disgusted at the latest anti-worker posture by the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Mayor, Herman Mashaba who has began yet another persecution of workers through the media. Earlier on this year the Mayor began his crusade against workers by subjecting workers at the Licensing Department to a trial through the media, a case which none of the workers have been convicted of any wrong doing.

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