Municipal workers picket

2016-04-29 06:00
     Photo: siphelele                  nketo Samwu members picket in front of municipal offices.

Photo: siphelele nketo Samwu members picket in front of municipal offices.

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under South African
Municipal Workers
Union (Samwu) have demanded that the Greater Kokstad Municipality employ temporary contract workers permanently.

Samwu said they have been fighting for three years for temporary workers to be employed permanently.

Shop steward Teboho Makhupane said temporal workers agreed to remain as contract workers, but later discovered it was wrong.

On Monday more than Samwu 100 members picketed in front of the municipality demanding the permanent employment of managers, general workers and ward support clerks.

Other issues that were raised included notch progression which is not implemented, failure to pay workmen compensation fund, the dysfunctional wellness centre, failure to implement staff placement, outsourcing of municipal services, failure to do policy reviews, unfair labour practice due to deductions from workers salaries without consent and the failure to communicate with the labour union.

“The municipality has failed to give us clear information about when we [workers] will be getting staff houses as promised years ago. It is painful for municipal workers to work without getting an increase for the first five years, when workers in other municipalities get salary increments in the first five years,” said Makhupane.

Makhupane said workers’ problems are escalating because the municipality has not held a local labour forum since
Acting municipal manager Nyaniso Msiya told Fever that the municipality sympathises with challenges faced by workers.

“Management is going to tackle all the problems that workers face and engage with union leaders to avoid picketing. These workers are our brothers and sisters so they must give management a chance to sit down in order to seek a solution.

“The management has nothing to hide and workers are
exercising their right to demand answers to their grievances.”


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