Talks ‘smooth’ between union and municipality

2016-02-04 06:00

HIBISCUS Coast Municipality municipal manager Max Mbili announced at a media briefing at HCM council chambers on Tuesday, that talks between them and Samwu members are going smoothly.

Just before the holiday season union­ members marched to the municipality with a list of grievances regarding its organogram structuring and finalisation as HCM will be amalgamating with Ezinqoleni Municipality this year.

One concern, which the municipal manager gave clarification on, was that of an employee who had been suspended for an alleged case of misconduct.

“On 18 December members of Samwu demanded that municipal management lift the suspension of one of their members and demand he is called back to work with full benefits, but unfortunately, the municipality informed the members that the suspension will continue,” said Mbili.

He said besides the two incidents the employer and union (employees) are managing their issues and are trying to resolve them smoothly.

“The issue of the organogram is being looked into as the employer and unions have met and discussed it. The union was informed that the organogram had been drafted by a service provider and had been sent to a HR administration sub-committee, which also consulted with labour relations and discussed all matters pertaining to HR departments of Ezinqoleni and HCM,” said Mbili.

He said labour relations, union leadership and the employer will meet again on Friday to finalise discussions before presenting the draft to council and the change management committee for approval.

Mbili said the organogram will be finalised before elections and employees will be placed before elections so that after elections all employees will start in their positions.

Mbili stressed the fact that all discussions are going smoothly and that any issues that do arise will be resolved in a mature manner.

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