Umngeni workers back at work after order

2014-05-27 00:00

STRIKING uMngeni municipal workers returned to work early yesterday afternoon after the municipality was granted a court order compelling workers to halt their industrial action.

Members of South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) had been involved in a week-long strike that grew ugly over the weekend when they tried to burn down municipal buildings, including the historic library.

The workers have been striking over salary adjustments and a once-off “14th cheque” payment.

On Friday, acting municipal manager Steve Simpson, together with municipal lawyers, successfully applied for a court interdict to stop the strike.

uMngeni municipal spokesperson Thando Mgaga said that a schedule was being compiled to deal with refuse collection backlogs speedily and other aspects of service delivery that were comprised during the industrial action.

In a statement, the uMngeni council reiterated that any form of destruction on municipal property during the past week was condemned. The council urged the police to urgently investigate criminal elements that surrounded the industrial action. — Witness Reporter.

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