No end to strike in uMgungundlovu

2014-10-02 00:00

THE staff of uMgungundlovu District Municipality have vowed to intensify their industrial action following another deadlock in negotiations between their union and management yesterday.

Yesterday, SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) shop stewards and the district management were locked in a meeting for more than three hours to find an amicable solution to the problems faced by employees.

The problem emanated from the introduction of the Task job grading system in 2011.

Samwu members, who have been protesting outside the district office in Langalibalele Street for the past two days, accuse the municipal management of implementing Task, but still using the old system when it suits them.

A Samwu shop steward, who did not want to be named, said they viewed this as a divisive system which is not in the interests of their members.

“We have plumbers who were employed at the same time but are earning different salaries.

“We want a uniform system that will also benchmark the salaries of the staff,” he said.

The protesting workers said they wanted the municipality to scrap the Task system and also want backpay for the months they earned less than higher-earning colleagues.

They said they would march to the office of the Co-operative Governance MEC for their grievances to be heard.

If the strike is prolonged, seven local municipalities which fall under the district for water and sanitation services may be affected.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) spokesperson, Mbali Ndlovu said over 150 employees are participating in the strike.

Ndlovu said while the industrial action is largely peaceful, there have been isolated cases of service interruptions in uMshwathi.

To report service delivery interruptions and emergencies, consumers should call the toll-free number 0800 864 911.


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