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Samwu gearing for strike

2012-10-08 17:18

Johannesburg - The SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has filed notice that it intends embarking on a national strike which could begin at the end of the week, it said on Monday.

"The union is mobilising towards a strike, which will begin as soon as this week," spokesperson Tahir Sema said.

In a previous statement, Sema said Samwu would protest against the "dubious actions" of the SA Local Government Association (Salga).

"We have learnt with dismay that Salga has filed leave to appeal the wage curve victory Samwu has secured, even though Samwu... won an outright victory to increase workers' salary scales," he said.

"This judgment, which Salga wants to appeal, was handed down by the Labour Court in Johannesburg. It brought to the fore blatant dishonesty displayed by Salga officials when dealing with municipal workers."

Salga could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Labour Court upheld a wage curve agreement between the collective bargaining parties, signed in April 2010, dealing with different categories of municipalities.

Under the agreement, some workers would receive back pay from September 2009.

Sema said an appeal would probably waste millions in taxpayers' money.

He said Salga was using the application to appeal as a tactic to delay the process, and he said this could lead to instability in the sector.

"It is also not unlikely that the current instability could quickly turn into a second Marikana tragedy."

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Comments
  • Cameron - 2012-10-08 17:51

    Eish.... come on Nandos, we need an advert cause this is turning into a circus show....

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-10-08 18:04

    why do they take these people's crap,and jet there is so many job seekers

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-10-08 18:08

    A nation of strikes we have indeed become. Counting holidays, weekends and strike days; when really does this country work? What the leaders of these unions\\onions don't realise that the frequency of strikes is an indication that they have failed to lead.

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-10-08 18:13

    Oh, I thought they were permanently on strike....

  • Thabisoul Motsome - 2012-10-08 18:25

    While they striking here.. let us go and strike at nkandla..

  • mark.shires.96 - 2012-10-08 21:36

    How can one honestly tell if they are striking or not?

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-09 06:47

    When everyone else has finished striking, it will be the turn of the Taxpayer to strike. We will deposit our taxes into private accounts until government and municipalities deliver the services we are paying for. We will bring the government to its knees - without our taxes - they will have no money to squander. The real South African Youth League will be in contact with taxpayers as to how we will silently and without violence manifest this strike ;)

  • klasie.kitshoff - 2012-10-09 08:50

    Why strike? They are anyhow doing nothing

      russel.vandeventer - 2012-10-09 21:45

      Doing nothing???? A firefighter rescuing a patient trapped in a vehicle accident is nothing? A security official protecting innocent people is nothing? A lifeguard saving a drowning child is nothing? You don't need electricity and water?

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