Earlier, IMATU Regions were advised that the parties to the SALGBC were unable to finalize the Salary and Wage increase for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. 

IMATU and Samwu have notified SALGA that they intend to re-open the wage negotiations, in terms of clause 6.5 of the Salary and Wage Collective Agreement.

The agreement entitles any party to re-open the negotiations if the average CPI falls below 5% or is higher than 10%.

The average CPI, as provided by Statistics South Africa, is 4.08 %.

It was decided on Friday 8 April 2011 that IMATU and Samwu has joined forces in a “joint trade union wage demand” of 18% or R 2000, whichever is the greater.

The parties have also decided that negotiations must be finalised by 6 May 2011.