‘Scare tactics’ avert strike

2014-07-03 00:00

QUICK tactics employed by the Msunduzi municipal manager resulted in illegal strike action by municipal workers being averted yesterday.

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members had initially planned to hold a meeting at Dales Park and join a planned service delivery march organised by the people living in the Jika Joe informal settlement.

Samwu members were planning to use the march to air their grievances against Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi and call for him to leave the municipality because they allege he failed to respond to an ultimatum they issued him to address challenges they face within seven days.

However, Nkosi was aware of their plans for illegal industrial action and quickly sent an SMS to supervisors that workers must report for duty and that failure to do so would mean they would be charged.

So, the only people who pitched up for the proposed march were temporary workers employed by the council for meter readings, but they soon left when it became apparent that the Jika Joe informal settlement march was not going to take place due to a lack of support.

Police officers who were there to monitor the march left along with traffic officers.

Some blamed Nkosi for dividing the workers and using scare tactics.

Attempts to get hold of Nkosi were unsuccessful at the time of going to print. Attempts to get hold of Samwu were also unsuccessful.

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