The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) is opposed to the proposed salary increase of Public Office Bearers (POBs) which the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended to be between 5 and 6%.
The commission has recommended that those earning over R1 million per annum should receive an increase of 5% while those earning less than R1 million should receive an increase of 6%. We view these recommendations as a spit in the faces of the ldquoworking poorrdquo who earn far less than what POBs stand to receive as salary increase. We have also noted that Treasury has proposed that municipal workers should receive an increase of 5.8% while some POBs will be receiving 6%.
These recommendations will further increase the gap between ordinary public servants and the POBs. We believe that POBs are unnecessarily over paid while the people who are at the core of service delivery are underpaid and receiving slave wages. It is a shame that some POBs earn over R2 million rand a year while some municipal workers earn as little as R50 a day.
It is for this reason that in the upcoming wages and salary negotiations, SAMWU will demand a double digit salary increase and that those who employees rendering municipal services (including EPWP workers and those employed through contracts) should be employed directly by municipalities. SAMWU further urges Mayors, Premiers, Ministers, in particular President Zuma and Deputy President Ramaphosa to reject the proposed salary increase and rather opt for a freeze on their increases.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions