Samwu strikers take over Scottburgh offices

2013-05-04 00:00

THE Umdoni branch of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union moved into the second week of its strike yesterday by taking over the municipal head offices.

Between 100 and 150 workers arrived in the Scottburgh municipality’s trucks at the council chambers and municipal offices and entered the premises.

The authorities were caught unawares with only routine security staff initially on the spot. Within an hour public order police members arrived, along with Scottburgh and Um-zinto SAPS and protection service officers.

After the strikers had left the premises, Umdoni Mayor Siyabonga Khwela addressed them. He was booed and jeered as he withdrew with his colleagues into the building.

Strikers complain of council’s alleged persistence in approving an organogram that includes new highly-paid senior management at a time when the council’s staff component accounts for over 40% of operational expenditure against a conventional lower 30%. They are also against the alleged intention to privatise through outsourcing jobs.

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