Municipal strike will continue ‘indefinitely’

2010-04-14 10:21

The nationwide strike by the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu)

would continue indefinitely, said a spokesman.

“Until some sort of resolve is reached with the SA Local Government

Association (Salga), this strike will continue,” said union spokesman Tahir


A bid by Salga to prohibit the strike was withdrawn yesterday in

the Labour Court, with Salga ordered to carry the strikers’ costs of opposing

the application.

The strike follows a bid by Samwu to resolve seven years of

negotiations to make middle- and lower-income municipal workers’ wages


The union said this would reduce the salaries of higher-ranking

council employees, who were overpaid, and address corruption, which had been

given as a reason for service delivery protests.

The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry was unhappy about the mass

strike at a time when the economy was picking itself up after a bruising

recession, and ahead of the soccer World Cup.


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