Striking workers ‘petrol-bomb car’

2011-08-26 11:27

Striking municipal workers from the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality are believed to have petrol-bombed a car in KwaZakhele, Eastern Cape.

“Strike-related criminal activities took place last night when the property of a municipal staff worker was petrol-bombed,” municipal spokesperson Kupido Baron said.

He warned residents that the strike, which was in its second week, would affect services at traffic and licensing centres services in Korsten, Sidwell and Uitenhage.

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union initially wanted an 18% increase but dropped its demand to 10% during negotiations with the SA Local Government Association (Salga) on Wednesday.

Salga has offered an increase of 6.1%.

The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) in Cape Town said its members would take to the streets today to voice their anger against Salga.

“Our members have always rendered municipal services while other unions have taken to the streets. They have now lost their patience and will be voicing their dismay with the irresponsible actions of Salga,” Imatu spokesperson Mark Roman said.

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