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Cape Town to file interdict against Samwu

2011-08-17 20:28

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town will file an interdict against the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) after violent protests across the city this week.

"The increased levels of violence and intimidation on the third day of the Samwu strike have forced the city to resort to legal action," a statement from the city said on Wednesday afternoon.

"This afternoon the city will file an interdict application against Samwu at the Labour Court."

The interdict will require Samwu's members to stop "all acts of violence or intimidation" related to the strike and for all staff engaged "in designated essential services" to return to work.

The city said 4 894 staff or 19.4% of the metro's workforce was absent from work without authorisation on Wednesday.

"The strike continues to have a significant impact on refuse collection - not only because the solid waste management department is short-staffed as a result of the strike, but because of violence and intimidation by striking workers," the city said.

Operations at the City's Wynberg, Muizenberg, Mitchells Plain and Klipfontein refuse depots had halted because striking workers had blocked the gates with builders' rubble or burning tyres.

Comments
  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-17 20:32

    Well done DA! Nail these pieces of scum to the wall and make them pay!

      Neil - 2011-08-17 20:50

      Well done DA!!

      Joe_Massahar - 2011-08-17 20:54

      Fire them all. There are more than enough unemployed who would happily take their jobs - supply and demand.

      York Hunt - 2011-08-18 08:51

      Why don't the other Cities of the country follow suite?

  • Ian - 2011-08-17 21:12

    GO DA GO , nail them

  • Philip - 2011-08-17 21:45

    Well done DA! This is the type of response that is required. I hope that you also sue the union and their executive officers for compensation for all damage to municipal property and the costs incurred to clean up the city streets.

  • Cheekiechops - 2011-08-17 21:46

    Tear gas, rubber bullets.... just a thought! Happens every year, its getting old.

  • sefeddt - 2011-08-17 21:47

    Why is Tony Ehrernreich from Cosatu so silent, he always has so much to say when about how bad the DA are. His silence can be seen as condoning the strikers actions.

  • John - 2011-08-17 21:49

    Fire the bastards, and if they try to destroy property again, then use your water cannons and fire rubber bullets. Go DA, show them you won't take any of their third world tendencies

      Cheekiechops - 2011-08-17 21:56

      Every bit of damage they do should come off their salaries, that will help them set an example to one another. Agree take off the kit gloves.

  • Cheekiechops - 2011-08-17 22:01

    Ban unions, happened in the UK and not too bad. And if you are going to bring up the riots of last week... how often does that happen?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-17 23:06

    Good to see some sensible action.

  • York Hunt - 2011-08-18 08:35

    Toyi-toyi is SA's national sport!

      York Hunt - 2011-08-18 08:36

      Affirmative Aerobics!

  • braamc - 2011-08-18 08:42

    Get rid of the savages, don't need them. Filthy lazy savages!

      youthofsa - 2011-08-18 15:28

      completely barbaric behaviour.... why the hell cant these animals keep it civil for a change!!!!!

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