Sedibeng Water board could face a possible strike.
This after the water board and its employees reached a non-agreement of wage and salary increase last week. Samwu’s Chumani Gqeke said the meeting took place in Welkom where the CCMA was present for conciliation. Gqeke said Samwu has declared a wage and salary dispute that follows numerous rounds of unsuccessful negotiations resulted in no concrete increase.
He said members are demanding 11.5 percent whilst Sedibeng Water is offering 7.5 percent increment. Gqeke said Sedibeng’s offer is an insult to workers because senior managers have increased their salaries by average 36 percent.
“What we are asking for, is far apart from what they have given themselves compared to what we want. If an employer is reasonable enough and wants to avert a strike and ensure that each household receives water, they would do any possible means to revise the offer and bring any possible offer that labour might seem meaningful,” he said.
Gqeke said they will be holding further negotiations this week and if Sedibeng does not show commitment in resolving and concluding the wage negotiations, they will have no choice but go on a full blown strike action that will lead to water interruptions in parts of North West, Northern Cape and Free State Provinces.