Workers defy MEC’s 'back to work’ order

2010-02-04 00:00

EMPLOYEES of the corporate services section of the Public Works Department in Langalibalele Street defied an order by Human Settlements and Public Works MEC, Magasvarie Govender, to go back to work yesterday, saying they will return when the MEC has addressed their concerns.

The employees downed tools on Tuesday protesting the condition of their offices.

Govender, who addressed workers during a tense meeting yesterday morning and was often abrasive, ordered the employees to return to work and do “the jobs the government pays them to do”. She said there is already a process under way to move them to another building.

She said that after inspecting their offices, she has resolved to cancel the lease agreement and move them, which will take about six weeks.

“By later today a new lease agreement would have been signed with another landlord, but it will take up to six weeks before the building is ready to be used,” said Govender.

She said the employees will have to resume work and tolerate the conditions for the next six weeks.



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