Municipal labour crisis an active volcano

2014-10-31 00:00

THE uMgungundlovu District Municipality’s labour crisis has been likened to an active volcano. It has been rumbling along since 2010 and erupting from time to time.

At its heart is a new job grading system that sees the municipality with two different salary scales. The municipality says it has implemented the system fairly. The workers dispute this and allege discrepancies and favouritism in the implementation of the system, as well as job evaluations within the municipality. The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs had been approached to mediate and resolve the impasse at the municipality, but to date there is no resolution.

This is because there appears to be a breakdown in trust. Insiders say that mistakes may have been made on both sides, and it seems the impasse may only be resolved if the entire process is scrapped and started again. However, this could prove difficult given the time and money spent on job evaluations and other systems to support the new job grading system. However, some resolution has to be found, otherwise volcanic disruptions will become the norm and residents will pay the price by way of water cuts.

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