Msunduzi workers don’t down tools as strike starts

2010-04-13 00:00

SERVICE delivery carried on as normal in the city yesterday, despite the national downing of tools by workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Wor­kers’ Union (Samwu).

Samwu shop steward Thembinkosi Mbhele said workers did work yesterday although they picketed peacefully outside the city hall at lunchtime, and the same thing will happen today.

However, workers are preparing to embark on a full blown strike from tomorrow and will be travelling to Durban to show solidarity with other stri­king municipal workers, he said.

Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Jabu Nguba said although workers have the right to go on strike, employers prefer things to carry on as normal, especially in terms of service delivery.

She said the municipality is still trying to get back on its feet, “so we don’t want to go back where we came from. We hope all parties concerned can come to an amicable decision.”

In Howick, rubbish was strewn across the streets as workers went on strike there.

Samwu is scheduled to hold a national press conference this afternoon at its national office in order to address issues relating to the strike, Samwu’s national media and publicity officer Tahir Sema said in a press statement.

He said the union is preparing to go to the labour court this morning to oppose another court interdict by the South African Local Government Association (Salga).

“The union is quite confident that we would be successful in opposing Salga and its urgent court interdict. Our demands are legitimate and would enable service delivery to better be dealt with in our country, and would also ensure that the cancer of corruption is cut out of local government,” he said.

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