Municipal workers to resume strike after ‘issues remain unresolved’

2014-09-25 12:15

Cape Town municipal workers plan to resume a strike next month, claiming managers have ignored their grievances.

Jonathan Krakri, regional chairperson of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union, has said that workers suspended a strike in May after mayor Patricia de Lille intervened, saying executive directors would meet shop stewards in July.

Krakri today said some directors met for the sake of complying, and others ignored the instruction.

“The result is that the workers’ issues remain unresolved five months after the suspension of the strike action,” he said.

“Workers are starting to lose faith in this process and the union is faced with ongoing work stoppages at different work places.”

Members planned to go on a protected strike on October 31.

The union’s Cape Metro region claimed there had been an “alarming” number of disciplinary actions against its members.

It claimed its shop stewards were being charged or dismissed.

Krakri said De Lille’s actions showed she did not understand collective bargaining.

However, the union remained open to resolving these issues with her, should she wish.

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