Municipal contract workers down tools

2015-08-19 09:55
The burst pipe resulted in thousands of litres of water wasted over nine hours.

The burst pipe resulted in thousands of litres of water wasted over nine hours. (Supplied)

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WORKERS contracted at the Msunduzi Water and Sanitation Department embarked on a strike yesterday, saying the strike would not end until they were permanently employed by the municipality.

About 20 workers contracted to the municipality downed tools yesterday at the department’s depot in Mayor’s Walk. “We have been contracted to the municipality for the past seven years … Now our contracts are about to expire and there is no talk of a contract extension or permanent jobs,” said one of the striking workers, who asked not be named.

By midday, some of the workers were locked in a meeting with management of the department and municipal officials. The workers say they had been contracted to conduct maintenance, repair sewer connections and clear blocked pipes. “We want a verdict on our employment or the strike continues. We want our employment date in black and white,” said the striking worker.

Acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda confirmed there was a “small group” of employees on an “illegal work stoppage”

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