Samwu: Tshwane has money to pay employees

Samwu: Tshwane has money to pay employees

The South African Municipal Workers Union in Gauteng believes the City of Tshwane is in a financial position to pay improved salaries to its employees. 

Samwu in Tshwane

Workers affiliated to Samwu downed tools last month over non-payment of salary increases.

The unprotected strike led to a significant interruption in the delivery of services in the city including electricity outage repairs, water restoration and refuse removal.

The union's secretary in Gauteng Mpho Tladinyane says the city has been misusing its funds. 

"The city paid one company R500 million for asserts verification and that contract was flagged by the auditor general as unlawful. We have spent R500 million for nothing. 

"We have also spent R750 million on an IT contract with a company that did not have the capacity to deliver on its mandate. This indicates the city has money. What is important in this instance is for the city to be able to prioritise its own spending."

Tladinyane says Samwu will join the city at the bargaining council at the end of August when it applies for an exemption from paying agreed-upon salary hikes to workers. 


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