Dump workers block road

2011-09-09 00:00

MSUNDUZi Municipality employees at the landfill site downed tools yesterday, calling for the removal of their management.

They blockaded the main entrance in New England Road with huge rocks and rubbish and held a protest inside the dumpsite.

They also signed a petition for the removal the management. They said their manager, foreman and supervisor have failed to heed their demands for better conditions.

Said an angry worker who declined to be named, “We have been calling for our working conditions to be improved since 2007 and all that the management does is to promise us and they never fulfil our demands.”

He said they want the landfill management removed because they believe the managers are plotting to render the dumpsite unproductive so the municipality can privatise it.

“We will lose our jobs if we do not speak out against the corruption that goes on here.”

The worker said he is sure that if health inspectors visit the landfill and see the terrible conditions they work under the municipality will lose its licence to operate the site.

“We have one bulldozer operating here when in fact we need two Caterpillar machines to get this landfill to work.”

They also question what is happening with the budget for the landfill, because employees do not have change rooms, toilets and uniforms.

Another worker said, “We see the same contractor working here whenever there is a job and we wonder why that is, because there are other contractors who can also do the job,” she said.

The workers accused the management of nepotism, favouritism and double standards, noting that employees no longer get overtime.

They said damaged equipment is never repaired, and called on the municipality to reinstate security guards because they do not feel safe.

“We also work in an unsafe and unhealthy environment with all the dust and the people scavenging the landfill,” she said.

Attempts to contact municipal union shop steward Jacob Ndlovu and municipal spokesperson Brain Zuma were unsuccessful.

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