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Samwu initiates mass campaign

2012-07-05 17:26

Cape Town - The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has initiated a campaign which aims to mobilise the poor against lack of service delivery and the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).

A City of Cape Town police official confirmed that the march was attended by approximately 300 people.

Secretary of Samwu, Mario Jacobs, said it took two days to organise the protest.

"In the future we plan to involve more organisations and will bring thousands of people to take part," he told News24.

Samwu was joined by the Housing Assembly, which is yet to be launched formally, and represents backyard dwellers and people living in informal housing.

The union handed over its memorandum to the deputy city manager, Mike Marsden.

The memorandum outlines Samwu's dissatisfaction with the city's Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).

Jacobs said workers are given contracts for between one and four months and once completed, disqualifies employees from work prospects for the next five years.

Samwu called for jobs with a "reasonable duration and allow for training and access to opportunities within the sector".

Willem Links, an EPWP worker, had his contract terminated three weeks ago. He is not a union member but joined the march in the hope that the city would hear his pleas and provide permanent jobs.

"We are treated like we are not human beings," he told News24.

Marsden said the city is doing everything in its power to address the employment challenges.

Comments
  • charnelle.bester - 2012-07-05 21:03

    The whole concept of employing temporary workers is disgusting! I really hope SAMWU gets this going! How can a person build a life for themselves knowing that their jobs have a expiry date and whats worst this is in the public sector. These are the people who we rely on to get things done yet they are treated as consumables to be discarded of as and when required. I agree, let the freaking 2 million or whatever that Zuma uses for his jet, go to training and investment in these people!

  • khayalethu.mgoqi - 2012-07-05 21:52

    viva SAMWU for yo intergrity; I SUPPORT U ; AND WE MUST STATE CLEAR WITH NO FEAR THAT ,THE GRIEVANCES CONTAINED ON THE MEMORANDUM HANDED ON;SHOULD WITH AN IMMEDIATE EFFECT BE ADRESSED

  • bernpm - 2012-07-05 22:52

    It seems a little odd that the Municipal workers - ultimately responsible for service delivery - call on the people, who complain about same service delivery, to join this march. Logic? if one does not get service, one marches with the people who are supposed to deliver this service, for better conditions. If you do not get your hamburger in time, you go with the staff of the Wimpy to the manager and ask for better conditions for the staff.

      waiszee.sing - 2012-07-06 10:05

      Agree with you 100% how can the people that suppose to give "service delivery" complain they arent't getting any?

  • waiszee.sing - 2012-07-06 10:01

    rather tempoarary then no work at all... unfortunatley the supply of labour is far higher than the demand. I think SAMWU would be singing a different tune if those people were getting permanent jobs and pushing thier members out :)

  • Phelamanga - 2012-07-30 15:21

    How one-sided! SAMWU organises a march in Cape Town and neglects the other municipalities, some of which have not tried to organise even temporary work for their citizens. These marches are not really about delivery at all. They are political machinations enacted to create drama out of nothing. These temporary workers know exactly what they are letting themselves in for when they agree to take on temporary work. With a continuously growing population, the provision of work is not always possible. However, the fact that only 300 people attended and the fact that it took two days to organise the march is an indication that people are more or less satisfied with the way in which the city is governed.

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