Salary grading causes chaos

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Lentswe, Klerksdorp - Services at the Matlosana Municipality ground to a halt last week when members of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) went on strike following a salary dispute.

Some members went so far as to damage furniture in the foyer of the municipal building while security guards looked on. Employees are unhappy that their salaries have not been adjusted in line with the grading of the Municipality.

A recent report by municipal manager, Roger Nkhumise relating to the salary adjustments states that the council of the City of Matlosana  would deter-mine salaries payable to the Municipal Manger, executive managers and councillors according to the scales published in the Government Gazette by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA).

Municipal employees are angry that their salaries have not also been adjusted to correspond with a municipality that has been graded at level 6. Nkhumise explained that the published directives do not apply to staff members. “The grading of the  Municipality with regard to Municipal staff members is treated different-ly as the negotiation of salary increases falls within the jurisdiction of the South African Bargaining Council and not with the Minister as the case is with the MM, senior managers and councillors. 

 “The main role players in the Bargaining Council are South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGA), Independent Municipal Association Trade Union (IMATU) and South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU),” he said.

“It is unfortunate that incorrect information was disseminated to the workers that the grading of the Municipality has been determined at grade 06 and that the management does not want to adjust the salaries of the workers. The incorrect information has created instability in the Municipality and we apologise to the workers for that.”