Municipality dismisses union’s demand

2017-09-07 06:01

THE Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) has dismissed what it called a “baseless demand” by the South African Municipal Workers Union
(Samwu) to expel two of its head of departments.

This comes after a march by the municipality’s Samwu affiliated employees to RNM on August 10 where they handed over a list of grievances to the mayor, Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu.

One of the demands was for the dismissal of Sabatha Dlamini and Neli Thabatha. The two head of departments were accused of being dictators and abusing
power.

At a press briefing on Tuesday, RNM spokesperson Simon April said the strike by Samwu was unprotected. He also said employees embarking on an unprotected strike may be charged and dismissed in terms of Labour Relations Act.

“The municipality wants to encourage Samwu leadership to familiarise themselves with Section 69 of the Labour Relations Act as amended and other relevant legislations giving guidance to strike or protest action.

“We strongly feel that an unprotected strike exposes our employees whom we value so much and may make them worse off,” said April.

He said those head of departments, like all other employees, are employed in terms of the legislations which protect them from unfair dismissal.

“The reasons given by Samwu do not warrant council to dismiss the two mentioned HODs. We would like to encourage Samwu to present to the municipal manager further information that may be in breach of their contract to support their demand.

“The two mentioned HODs and other senior managers are discharging their responsibilities as per their employment contract and performance agreements. Council dismisses the baseless demand to dismiss the two mentioned HODs given the reasons for the call,” said April.

Samwu regional chairperson Xolani Shinga said the union understands the municipal officials are deployed by the ANC, which is Samwu’s alliance partner through Cosatu, but the arrogance of the officials and the municipality is too high.

“They treat us as if we are the enemy,” said Shinga.

He dismissed RNM’s threat to charge and dismiss those who take part in an unprotected strike as intimidation. “We are going to take the matter to our constituency to get a new mandate from our members, but before that, we will call a media briefing where we will respond to the municipality,” said Shinga.

Samwu wants municipality to expel two of its head of departments for being dictators
and abusing power

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