Pay rise for mu­nic­i­pal chiefs

SAMWU: UNION THREAT­ENS TO TAKE LE­GAL AC­TION

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS - Katleho Mo­rapela

De­mands the in­crease be redi­rected to work­ers in­stead of man­agers.

The South African Mu­nic­i­pal Work­ers’ Union (Samwu) said it is con­sid­er­ing tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against the salary in­creases of mu­nic­i­pal man­agers across the coun­try.

The city man­agers will now be paid R3.9 mil­lion a year, while those re­port­ing to them will re­ceive R3 mil­lion an­nu­ally, as gazetted on Thurs­day.

Samwu de­mands that the money should rather be redi­rected to­wards the re­mu­ner­a­tion of mu­nic­i­pal work­ers and pro­vi­sion of ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Its dis­ap­proval of the in­creases comes just days af­ter Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Zweli Mkhize, dur­ing his ad­dress at the Free State Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment sum­mit in Bloem­fontein, con­firmed that the ma­jor­ity of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the coun­try were in fi­nan­cial de­spair and do not gen­er­ate rev­enue.

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties owe more than R23 bil­lion to ser­vice providers, which mainly in­clude Eskom and wa­ter boards. Those in the Free State alone have to cough up over R7.8 bil­lion in elec­tric­ity bills to Eskom, mak­ing it the prov­ince with the high­est amount owed by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The union fur­ther says it is shame­ful that the in­creases were gazetted on the same week that the ex­panded pub­lic works pro­gramme work­ers’ salaries were in­creased by a mere R4.31 per day.

Fol­low­ing Mkhize’s ac­knowl­edge­ment of the au­di­tor-gen­eral’s re­port that lists 113 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in need of ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion, ques­tions are mount­ing as to whether his depart­ment will be able to help bring sta­bil­ity to th­ese mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties amidst the city man­agers’ in­flated salaries.

So­cial me­dia users have asked why the depart­ment and Na­tional Trea­sury say mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties should be fo­cus­ing on ser­vice de­liv­ery and at­tract­ing in­vest­ment, yet make room for th­ese in­cre­ments. – OFM News

Pic­ture: AFP

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