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POB salary increase a spit in the face – Samwu

Luyolo Mkentane, ANN7, 2 Feb 2015

POB salary increase a spit in the face – Samwu
Johannesburg:Luyolo Mkentane

The recommendations that salaries of public office bearers (POB) earning less than R1m a year be increased by 6% is a spit in the face of the working poor, the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) said.

This after President Jacob Zuma accepted the annual salary recommendations by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers that those earning more than R1m per annum be rewarded with a 5% wage increase and those earning a little less than R1m per year receive 6% salary increases.

Samwu national spokesperson Papikie Mohale said they were opposed to the increases.

“We view these recommendations as a spit in the faces of the working poor who earn far less than what POB stand to receive as salary increase. These recommendations will further increase the gap between ordinary public servants and the POB.
“We believe that POB are unnecessarily over paid while the people who are at the core of service delivery are underpaid and receiving slave wages. It is a shame that some POB earn more than R2m a year while some municipal workers earn as little as R50 a day,” Mohale said.

Samwu would be demanding a double-digit salary increase and that those employed through the Extended Public Workers Programme and those on contracts should be “employed directly by municipalities,” Mohale said.

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