Clean streets a priority – Salga

2010-04-21 16:47

The backlog in service delivery caused by the municipal workers’ strike will be dealt with “as a matter of urgency”.

The chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (Salga), Amos Masondo, gave this assurance this afternoon at a meeting during which an agreement was signed that ended the strike.

“The strike will end, the streets will be cleaned tomorrow,” South African Municipality Workers Union (Samwu) president Sam Molope said.

He said it was unfortunate that a strike had to take place. “It is the last resort. We believe in talks.”

The agreement settled a dispute relating to issues such as equal pay for equal work at all municipalities.

Instead of back pay for two years that the union had demanded, they settled for back pay of nine months for eligible employees.

It was also agreed that private lawyers would not be used in disciplinary proceedings.

The agreement will be implemented on July 1 and will be valid until June 30, 2012.

The municipal workers’ strike, which started on April 12, had caused widespread disruption in service delivery.

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