Emergency workers to strike

2011-09-10 10:21

About 700 Emergency Management Services (EMS) employees in Joburg would embark on a strike next week, SA Municipal Workers’ Union said today.

“There are various grievances against the acting head of the EMS Tshepo Makola, such as corruption, mismanagement and nepotism,” said Johannesburg branch secretary Dumisani Langa.

He said that workers alleged Makola had claimed a R100 000 overtime bonus, but as senior management were not entitled to overtime this was tantamount to corruption.

Langa said the union had a minimum service level agreement with the EMS, which allowed a certain number of workers to strike despite the fact that EMS was an essential service.

City of Joburg officials were not immediately available for comment.

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