salaryThe Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is disappointed by the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) decision to increase the current repurchasing rate by 0.25%.

“While we acknowledge the Monetary Policy Committee’s mandate to manage inflationary increases, this decision will further constrain domestic growth and place consumers under even more pressure just before Christmas. Like all South Africans, our members are already feeling the financial pinch of increasing living costs, undue fuel cost increases, growing debt and decreasing disposable income. Increased interest rates put excessive and unaffordable pressure on workers,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

IMATU further noted with concern that a number of the factors listed by the SARB Governor for this increase, pertain to domestic policy certainty, decisive implementation and the creation of employment opportunities. “Notwithstanding other negative shocks, we as a country have the ability to address some of the factors directly affecting inflation. Our government has got to tackle financial mismanagement, corruption and ineffective leadership in order to foster an environment of growth and increased employment,” stated Koen.


As we start focusing our advocacy efforts ahead of the international campaign 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, and as part of our continual commitment to stop this gender-based violence IMATU has made a donation to People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA). A non-profit organisation based in Berea, Johannesburg.

POWA established the first shelter in 1981, the first of its kind that accommodated women and their children. The main objective of the shelter is to provide a safe, therapeutic environment, were abused women can begin to deal with their situations and receive the necessary support. Presently POWA has two shelters situated in the East and West Rand and a 2nd Stage House. Survivors are accommodated for up to a year. This organisation provides professional services that comprise of advocacy, training, psycho-social support, legal and sheltering to survivors of violence.

POWA is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all women and girls and has expanded its capacity building efforts to assisting emerging organisations in Limpopo, Northern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga provinces, which in turn leads to better access for women from rural and under-resourced areas.

Our members are encouraged to wear white ribbons in support of 16 Days of Activism (25 November-10 December 2018), create an environment at work that enables victims to report abuse, increase awareness, engage around the difficult topic of gender violence and celebrate survivors.

IMATU and it’s members are proud to support this organisation and the important work it does!

Please follow this link for more information about the organisation and what they do


Our President, Stanley Khoza, made a special visit to Gauteng this week, to engage with members at the West Rand Municipality yesterday.

Municipal employees have not been paid salaries and third-party benefit contributions have been disrupted as a direct result of its dire financial situation. The West Rand Municipality invested approximately R70 million with the now-defunct VBS Mutual Bank and workers are bearing the brunt of this mismanagement and poor financial regulation.

IMATU has been advised that the West Rand Municipality has been placed under provincial administration.

While IMATU has been assured by municipal management that salaries will be paid, the union must plan for all eventualities and always in the best interest of its members.


The Independent Municipal and Allied Workers Union (IMATU) will oppose the Section 189A notice lodged by the Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality last week.

“The Municipality currently employs 598 employees, but intends to retrench 248 of these employees next year. This is just the latest attempt by the Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality to reduce expenditure by downsizing municipal staff as opposed to addressing the real problem of poor financial management. The municipality was established in 2016 after the amalgamation of the Imbabazane and uMtshezi local municipalities. Despite its fairly new establishment, the municipality was placed under Administration by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in 2017 and its financial woes have only gotten worse. Municipal management should be focused on addressing their unsustainable financial practices instead of attempting to retrench half their workforce, which will directly affect service,” explained eThekwini Regional Manager, Cathi Botes.

In July 2018, the Municipality sought to unilaterally adjust and deduct employees’ salaries. Upon hearing of this intended action, IMATU immediately wrote to the acting municipal manager and advised that an urgent application would be launched to prevent the proposed contravened the provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. As a result of IMATU’s intervention, no undue adjustments or deductions were made to a single workers salary.

In September 2018 the Municipality then requested an exemption from the rightful implementation of the Salary and Wage Collective Agreement that came in to effect from 1 July 2018. The Municipality claimed that it was not able to pay any annual increases to employees’ salaries. IMATU again filled apposing papers and the Municipality withdrew the application the following month and affected payments to employees, with retrospective effect.

“Municipalities are constitutionally mandated to provide services to communities in a sustainable manner. The municipal workforce is pivotal in ensuring the provision of these services and the salaries of workers must be provided for in any municipality’s budget. In their Section 189A Notice the Municipality outlines the need for restructuring and retrenchment due to its poor financial position. Despite claims by the Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality that they could not afford the annual salary increases, IMATU can confirm that their financial statements reflect R 131 688 000 surplus in 2017-18 financial year,” stated Botes.

IMATU will vehemently oppose any threats to the conditions of service or job security of our members.

Members will be kept updated of any developments in this regard.


IMATU would like to wish our Hindu members a Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year ahead!


IMATU would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the fire fighters involved in fighting the fires raging in the Southern Cape.

One blaze started in the Outeniqua mountains last week, moving towards George, while a separate fire broke out closer to Knynsa, where eight people tragically lost their lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives and our brave fire fighters who risk their lives on daily basis to protect and rescue.

IMATU commends the efforts of the emergency services and hopes that these fires will be brought under control soon.


The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) has rejected a Facilitator’s Proposal relating to shift allowances for Fire and Rescue Services employees in the City of Cape Town.

Negotiations between the City of Cape Town and organised labour, being conducted under the auspices of the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) deadlocked. Parties to the SALGBC are in dispute regarding payment for work performed in excess of the City of Cape Town’s normal working hours.

“It is true that the current collective agreement makes provision for a monthly allowance of 22.8 % of an employee’s salary in lieu of the additional and excessive working hours they must work. It is also true that this allowance has not been adequately increased to account for years of inflationary increases. We all rely on our fire fighters to bravely protect and serve yet do not make their ability to provide for themselves and their families a priority,” stated Cape Town Metro Regional Manager, Etienne Bruwer.

“IMATU has referred the matter to essential services arbitration as fire fighters and other related emergency services staff are classified as essential services and therefore precluded from protected strike action,” explained Bruwer.

The matter is set down for conciliation on 30 October 2018. Should no settlement be reached through conciliation, the matter will proceed to formal arbitration.

“While our legal representatives have been briefed, IMATU believes that the matter can still be settled through negotiation. We have been interacting with the Executive Mayor’s Office and believe that with strategic intervention, the plight of fire fighters can be adequately addressed,” concluded Bruwer.


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IMATU is deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of another two firefighters involved in fighting the fire at a government building in the Johannesburg CBD today. A total of 3 fire fighters have lost their lives in the line of duty and a number of others have been hospitalised.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends and co-workers of the fire fighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Our thoughts are with all of those still currently fighting the blaze.

IMATU is closely monitoring the unfolding events and will be able to comment further once feedback has been received from our members on the ground.


IMATU is gravely saddened by the news that a firefighter has fallen to his death while trying to extinguish a fire at a government building in the Johannesburg CBD. We understand some firefighters are trapped on the top floor while others are still trying to extinguish the fire.

IMATU is currently reaching out to its members for more information and will continue to closely monitor the unfolding situation. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty. Our thoughts are with all of those currently fighting the blaze and any individuals affected by today’s fire.

Today is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by our emergency services personnel on a daily basis. We thanks them for their continued service.