Agreement reached with the City of Tshwane

1 August 2019

Agreement reached with the City of Tshwane

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has reached an agreement with the management of the City of Tshwane during the conciliation process under the auspices of the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC)

The negotiations follow the City of Tshwane’s decisions to upgrade salaries of top executives by 18% dating back to 2017, only to leave out lower-level employees when the City had upgraded in ranking from category 9-10.

The City had committed that they would be seeking a mandate on the presented framework that SAMWU has presented and indeed the City has stayed true to their commitment and an agreement has been reached for an amicable solution to the current impasse between the City and the workers. In resolving the impasse, parties have concluded an agreement that has the following elements.

1. Once off ex gratia payment to workers as an equalisation allowance:

· Workers that earn less than R 20 000 per month will be paid a once off payment of R 15 000.
· Workers that earn R 20 001– R 30 000 per month will be paid a once off payment of R 10 000; and
· Workers that earn more than R 30 000 per month will be paid a once off payment of R 7 000

2. In the following two months a dedicated task team will conduct a benchmarking exercise on the pay scale of other Metro Municipalities in order to develop a pay scale for the City of Tshwane.

3. The 18% salary increase that has been implemented for the Group and Divisional heads will be dismantled with immediate effect.

As SAMWU our aim is to make considerable strides that ensures that we protect the interest of our members and improve their conditions of service. The struggles of workers remains to be our struggle.

Issued by SAMWU Secretariat

Koena Ramotlou
General Secretary
(073 254 9394)


Dumisane Magagula
Deputy General Secretary
(084 806 4005)


Mpho Tladinyane,
Tshwane Regional Secretary
(083 941 5888)