ANC welcomes end of strike

2011-04-21 13:28

The governing party today welcomed the end of the two-week long South African Municipal Workers’ Union strike.

“The suspension of the strike also means an end to the unhealthy state of our streets with piles of rubbish and unbearable stench having engulfed most of Johannesburg, something that has affected residents and business,” said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

“While we welcome the end of the municipal strike, we call on the union’s leadership to review its position of launching a national municipal strike by using existing channels, which include the bargaining council to resolve labour issues,” he said.

The party believed that the political issues raised by the union should be referred to the tripartite alliance secretariat and not form part of labour disputes.

“We therefore, appeal to the union leadership to reconsider plans for a rolling mass action in May, which will have negative effects on the forthcoming local government elections. We know that the union would not like to be seen to be sabotaging the forthcoming local government elections and the entrenchment of democracy in South Africa,” said Mthembu.

“We also know that the union – as part of the revolutionary forces – would not like to be seen to be acting in a manner that is counter-revolutionary,” he said.

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