Cedara workers set for new protest

2010-06-02 00:00

DISGRUNTLED workers from the provincial Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Department at Cedara College are threatening another “animal protest” tomorrow if the management fails to address their grievances.

The management, led by department head Sizwe Mkhize, and union representatives have been involved in attempts to address the workers’ complaints.

The workers say the outcome is expected today.

Two weeks ago, the workers blockaded the head offices with cattle and goats from the dairy section at the college, protesting the overtime structure employed by the department.

A source close to the negotiations said they will know today whether they need to engage in another protest.

“The negotiations have been going on since earlier this month and we will know tomorrow from our representatives whether the matter is resolved.

“The thorny issue here is the structure of the overtime and I believe that is where we will have to fight because we want the old structure of the overtime to be retained, where we worked three hours in the morning and three in the afternoon making six hours.”

Another source said the workers are gearing for another protest because that is the only language the management understands.

“The negotiations have been going on for a long time and it seems that loading cows to the offices is the only way to go as they do not talk to us,” he added.

Department spokesperson Ncumisa Mafunda said the management are in negotiations with the workers and the issues are being addressed.

“The first issue of overtime will be resolved tomorrow and the other issues will follow,” she said.

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