Strikers, council: both admit fault

2008-09-19 00:00

THE Msunduzi municipal workers’ strike, which resulted in water and electricity supplies being sabotaged this week, ended yesterday.

Workers and municipal management met the regional ANC leadership to thrash out issues. The union’s provincial organiser, Sibusiso Biyela, said the meeting agreed that both parties were at fault in that the council had to listen to their issues before turning them down and the unions had to follow procedure in lodging complaints.

“There was no winner or loser after the meeting. We have agreed that charges against the strikers will be dropped and that council will not oppose their bail,” said Biyela. He said that the meeting will resume on Monday. On Tuesday, he said, a labour forum will be convened to listen to the workers’ grievances over wage increases.

Municipal manager Rob Haswell confirmed that the strike ended yesterday. He said that there are contigency plans to deal with the restoration of services over the weekend.

The strike ended after three workers were arrested. The municipality took out two interdicts against the workers.

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