Strike anarchy

2008-09-19 00:00

Increasing lawlessness took on local dimensions this week when employees of Msunduzi Municipality embarked on illegal strike action. In the recent past this has reportedly become a weekly occurrence.

It seems inconceivable that local government management cannot iron out a dispute about the grading of posts. This suggests a lack of application and a general lack of regard for service delivery. But industrial action seems to have become a knee-jerk reaction by municipal workers to the slightest grievance.

There is justifiable anger among ratepayers and the local business community at damage to municipal property, deliberate littering, threatening personal behaviour and the disruption of essential services. It is time for the full force of the law to be felt and for charges to be laid against individuals who transgress it. But public confidence will not be raised by the suspicion that this growing anarchy is inspired by chaos in the ruling party.

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