Not all happy with Msunduzi reorganisation

2016-06-03 08:28
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi Municipality’s latest implementation of a new organogram are not sitting well with some of employees who feel they have been “sidelined”.

Some municipal employees who spoke to The Witness yesterday said they were “angry and upset” after the new organogram revealed that some staff will take on more work despite their salaries remaining unchanged.

However, others would remain performing their previous duties but receive a “promotion” and a higher salary.

About 2 200 permanent employees from every department of the municipality received letters this week informing them of their new titles and, in some cases, transfers and salary increases.

“Most people will stay at their same position just with a different title. However those who were earning a lower salary are benefitting the most,” said one of the employees who did not want to be named.

The employee said she had been tasked to take on more work but would remain at the same salary notch.

“The problem is not the money. The problem is that people who were on a lower grade than me with less work are now my superiors and earn more than me yet my workload has increased,” the employee said.

Acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the placement of staff is to ensure that employees with the correct skills, competencies, experience and qualifications are allocated to the appropriate positions.

She said the previous organogram had fewer posts than the 5 800 posts on the new organogram.

An employee from Msunduzi Fire Services said staff from Fire Prevention and Fire Training were mostly affected.

“Basically those employees have been moved from their 8 am to 5 pm duties to operational duties where they will work shifts. This means that Fire Prevention and training departments will be hampered and that is a disservice to the community,” said the employee who did not want to be named.

He said others from Fire Services received letters informing them of their transfers to other areas in the city. “The problem is that this was all done without consultation with the employees or their shop stewards,” said the employee.

However, Madonda said the staff allocation was done “after due consultation with all labour unions” and various roadshows had taken place to “sensitise” staff to the impending staff allocation that was effected on June 1, 2016.

Employees in management positions were also reviewed during the organogram process and it is believed some have been given new titles.

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