Samwu and Mangaung finally agree

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Mangaung Mayor, Olly Mlamleli, surrounded by members of the LLF. From left: Mafa Kgabu, Patrick Monyakoane, Xolo Pongolo and Adv. Tankiso mea. Photo: Seithati Semenokane

The municipality and Samwu members who have been on strike have signed an agreement on their proposed salary increase. During an ordinary council meeting held at the Bram Fisher building on 27 June 2017, the mayor tabled the agreement made with Samwu, as an addition to the agenda for the day.

Samwu and the Local Labour Forum (LLF) signed the agreement on Monday evening, 26 June 2017. The mayor, Olly Mlamleli, proposed that the council approve the agreement, which would see municipal workers getting the R2 500 increase that they wanted on their salaries. “We went back to the drawing board, they discussed it, and then finally we agreed on R2 500. They will still receive their 7.36% increase as agreed earlier on,” she said.

During the debate, the Democratic Alliance (DA) argued that they are concerned that the mayor may not be fully clued up about the amount of debt the metro is in, asking the question of where the money to pay for the salary increases would come from.

The Economic Freedom Front (EFF) stated the the fire at the city hall was an indication of how far the matter had gone without being resolved, even going as far as calling for the mayor to be recalled immediately.

The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) argued that the recent money problems faced by the municipality are of grave concern. They also highlighted that the current water situation with the municipality owing Bloemwater is unsettling to residents.

Mlamlelli said she was surprised by the DA’s concern over where the money to fund this increase would come from, stating that the DA had never voted in favour of a tabled budget. “I’m happy that we came to an agreement. After many discussions Samwu got what they requested, it’s a win-win for all,” she concluded.

Seithati Semenokane / Courant News