Progress in Tshwane-union dispute

2011-03-10 08:42

Some Tshwane buses resumed operations today amid progress in negotiations between the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the City of Tshwane, said Samwu regional chairperson Veli Kubheka.

The talks are over the dismissal of workers for participating in an illegal strike.

“The employer just dismissed the people without a disciplinary process. For now we are demanding that the workers be reinstated and then take things from there,” Kubheka said.

“There was a sense that there was going to be a conflict among workers [temporary and permanent], but we have called for calm and our members listened,” he said.

Kubheka would not comment on what would happen if the city refused to reinstate the dismissed workers.

“It would be premature to announce what will happen if workers are not reinstated and possibly put the organisation in an unfavourable position in the negotiations,” he said.

Kubheka said workers were keen to return to work as soon as possible to address the backlog of municipal services in the city that resulted from the disruptions.

City spokesperson Console Tleane said 90 of the 150 buses in Tshwane resumed operations yesterday and that this might end disruptions to commuter services.

He said the buses were driven by workers who were not affected by the dismissals of 1 054 workers.

Tleane said there were no reports of the intimidation which had previously characterised the disruptions.

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