The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) will be participating in the fourth round of wage negotiations with the South African Local Government Association’s (SALGA) tomorrow morning in Durban.

IMATU has rejected in part the proposal issued by the facilitator at the close of the third round of wage negotiations. “In essence IMATU has rejected the 6.5% salary increase, the multi-year agreement and the progressive reduction of employer contributions to medical aid. We have however, broadly accepted the proposals regarding the rationalisation of pension fund contributions and opening up discussions to amend the Main Collective Agreement and Disciplinary Code,” explained IMATU Deputy General Secretary, Craig Adams.

“IMATU has a mandate to ensure that our members’ income is not eroded by the continual increasing costs of living. When considering a wage settlement, our members will be looking at the wage negotiations and settlements of other sectors as well as the rising costs of living,” stated IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.