Municipality employees go on strike

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane Msunduzi Municipality employees went on a two-day strike demanding that they are hired on a permanent basis.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane Msunduzi Municipality employees went on a two-day strike demanding that they are hired on a permanent basis.

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MSUNDUZI Municipality employees embarked on a two-day strike demanding that they be employed on a permanent basis.

The strike started on Monday morning where employees from various departments took to the street. Another of their requests was that they want better wages. The protesters on strike were from waste, water and sanitation, road and drainage, parks and road markings departments.

One of the employees, who spoke to Echo on the condition of anonymity, said they are fighting for themselves. He told Echo he has been a temporal worker at the municipality for three years.

“I have no benefits and I earn less than R3 000 a month. That is an insult to me as I am the bread winner. There are people who have been working as temporal workers for 15 years.

“Our municipality depends on temporal workers and that alone indicates there is lot that still needs to be done.

“Some of us are paid R80 a day and some receive R120. That is nothing when one has a family to feed. We are working for transport only, and that is not the life of a working person.

“A person who wakes up early in the morning and tells his family he is going to work is not meant to live like that,” said the employee. Msunduzi spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said they know about the strike and said it is illegal.

“The municipality has internal platforms for addressing employer-employee disputes and concerns. There are also due processes for legitimising strike action. As a matter of practice and procedure, the municipality cannot deal with internal employer-employee disputes raised via the media, within the media space.

“Dissatisfied or disgruntled employees, about any employment matter or any individual employee, are encouraged to address their legitimate concerns with line management internally first in their respective hierarchy,” said Madonda.

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