More than 200 000 water, sanitation and refuse workers plan a wage strike in the coming days that could disrupt services in major cities, their union said on Wednesday.
The planned strike by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is the latest in a series of work stoppages that have slowed commerce and raised worries about growth.
Samwu said in a statement the employers’ “failure to meet the legitimate demand of the workers and their failure to improve on their previous offer at conciliation today leaves the union with no choice but to engage in industrial action”.
No date has been set for the strike.
Employers have offered 6.8% wage increases, while the union wants 18% – nearly four times the inflation rate.
Previous Samwu strikes have led to garbage piling up in city streets and slower repairs of broken water pipes, irritating residents in urban areas.
In other labour disputes, unionised gold and coal workers reached deals this week for 7.5% to 10% wage hikes to end strikes that dented mining output.
Credit to: News 24