Strike will go ahead

2010-12-17 00:00

A STRIKE over pay by Hibiscus Coast municipal workers will go ahead if next Tuesday’s meeting with management fails to yield results, the chairperson of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), Njabulo Hlophe, has confirmed.

Hlophe was responding to allegations received by The Witness that Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) employees are upset after their union’s agreement with HCM management had been breached. The agreement reached last Tuesday said that no deductions will be made from the salaries of the staff for the three days in which they held an illegal strike for salary evaluations.

“Many employees have phoned me complaining that their salaries have been deducted,” said Hlophe. “These deductions are against our last Tuesday’s meeting decision where we agreed with management that the ‘no work, no pay’ policy would be applied in February 2011. But now the management has applied it and our members are angry.”

Hlophe explained that their strike was put on hold earlier on when HCM management promised to meet the union leaders on December 21 to settle their demands. It was agreed that no deductions would be made from the salaries of the employees as yet.

“The employees have a closing function this Friday [today],” he said. “They want to use that gathering to vent their anger about the deductions that have been made from their salaries. As union leaders, we do not tell our members what to do, but they tell us what should be done. But a decisive meeting as to whether we will go on a full-blown strike or not will be made after the December 21 meeting.

HCM manager of communications and governance support Xolani Dlangalala said it looked like the strike was on hold and that no interruptions were expected as far as the cleaning of beaches was concerned this festive season.

Acting municipal manager Mandla Mabece was phoned in connection with the staff salary deductions, but was not available.

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