uMngeni strike: Workers want their back pay

2012-08-16 00:00

UMNGENI Municipality workers downed tools yesterday demanding back pay owed since 2010.

They say the Labour Court ruled that lower paid workers should earn more in what is called a “wage curve” payment aimed at addressing the gap between the highest- and lowest-paid employees.

Thandazile Shelembe, Pietermaritzburg regional deputy secretary of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union, said: “We wanted the municipality to explain why they have not paid the money and to tell us when they are going to pay it.”

The workers also questioned why:

• Senior managers were getting R18 000 to R20 000 as car allowances;

• Vacant posts were not being filled;

• The municipality was not buying protective clothing.

uMngeni Mayor Mbali Myeni said the municipality did not implement the wage curve because the SA Local Government Association had appealed the matter.

Myeni said she would address the workers tomorrow after the council had met a Salga representative. “Workers also need to understand that we inherited a municipality that did not have a cent in it and we are still struggling to get our customers to pay.”

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