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Victory for SAMWU in Matjhabeng Local Municipality

  • Friday, 03 February 2017 08:12
03 February 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) welcomes the settlement agreement reached following the arbitration relating to the issue of nonpayment of allowances by the Matjhabeng Local Municipality in the Free State province.
We took up the matter in the interest of our members following the failure by the municipality to pay Public Safety officials (traffic, security and fire) 6% shift allowance and 1.5% rate for working on Sundays and public holidays for shift workers as per the main collective agreement.

Although the matter has dragged out for long, we are pleased to report that a settlement agreement has been reached between all parties and this will see the affected 75 workers receiving the 6% shift allowance backdated from 2010 or the date of commencement, whichever came first.

It is a pity that this matter took so long and some of the affected workers have since passed away. Their beneficiaries will therefore be contacted and will receive what is due to them. The matter of the 1.5% rate for Sundays and public holidays has since been referred to the Department of Labour by the commissioner and will be calculated from August 2009.

We are confident that we will also come out victorious on this issue and that our members will once again celebrate victory. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, we will continue to ensure that our members come first while we serve them.

Issued by SAMWU Free State Province

Thabang Tseuoa

Provincial Secretary

082 620 9160

or

Papikie Mohale

National Media Officer

060 416 6661