Municipality workers take to the street

2015-11-25 06:23
A white coffin and black underwear and boards with the name of one of the senior managers was displayed by protesters. PHOTO: nompendulongubane

A white coffin and black underwear and boards with the name of one of the senior managers was displayed by protesters. PHOTO: nompendulongubane

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COMMUNITY services department staff at the Msunduzi Municipality picketed outside Harry Gwala stadium on Monday complaining about the vacant post allocation process in their department.

The employees included those from the Department of Parks and Recreation, waste and the library section at the municipality.

A white coffin and black underwear and boards with the name of one of the senior managers, Bongiwe Zulu, was displayed in the middle of the road. Zulu is one of the Department of Community Services managers, who has been blamed for delaying the process­ in the municipality.

Employees sang and chanted songs while others­ shouted Zulu’s name.

According to South African Municipal Workers Union steward employees are unhappy about the delayed process in the department. The steward­ also said that four units, apart from the community services department, that were set for allocation, have been completed.

“It is only the community services department that has been delayed for allocation of vacant posts. That is the reason employees are on the street picketing. They want answers because theirs is the only department that is left out of the allocation of vacant posts.

“That is not the only problem they are faced with. There is also a concern about the contract employees. We have employees that have been on contract for 10 years. Those employees want to be permanent employees. That is the challenge they have been facing within the municipality,” said the steward.

One employee, who asked not to be named, said he has been working as a temporary worker for seven years.

“I’m not the only one - there are lot of us who are in the same situation. We have been working for years in different departments. What happens is that you find the municipality employing people from Durban. Those people are offered permanent positions and we continue working as contract workers. That must be looked into. We are tired of working under these conditions,” said the employee.

Municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the municipality is committed to addressing all legitimate employer and employee disputes speedily, with fairness and integrity.

“This is provided that the affected employees also follow due process and do not embark on strike action that is illegitimate or wage a media campaign to discredit the municipality or fellow employees, without valid facts,” said Madonda.

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