City and Samwu meet today over real and hoax job adverts

2012-02-21 00:00

TODAY’S “Goliath versus Goliath” battle that union leaders promised against the city’s “iron-fisted” new manager is headed for the negotiating table.

This morning the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the city’s management are scheduled to hammer out issues that threaten to put them at loggerheads.

The meeting comes hot on the heels of threats of a show of force by Samwu this week.

Top of the agenda is the union’s gripe that more than 80 municipal posts advertised in newspapers last week should first have been displayed internally.

The meeting would be a local labour forum meeting, indicated Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma — one that allows the employer and the union to engage on any matters of work-related interest.

“This meeting will not be different and whatever resolution is taken will be in the best interest of both parties. It’s not about winning or losing.”

Yesterday saw between 30 and 40 people respond to a hoax notice, circulated at the weekend, stating that the municipality was offering work on a first come, first served basis. The notice purported to carry the signatures of municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi and the manager for corporate services, Faith Ndlovu.

“Clearly the signatures were either forged or copied, and that constitutes a criminal offence,” said Zuma.

Samwu denied having anything to do with the notice, but some union insiders told The Witness it had been crafted by certain members to throw the city hall into chaos. They said the notice, written in

Zulu, had been distributed in Sobantu, Imbali, Edendale and Willowfountain.

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