Worries as city plans hiring 200

2016-12-21 06:01

OPPOSITION parties in Msunduzi have voted against the implementation of the Extended Public Works Programme.

The DA, IFP and EFF all said in the Msunduzi full council sitting last week that the city was not complying with the guidelines of Public Works, which provides funding for the programme.

The parties said the funding had been turned into a “political ball” which had resulted in many protests by the city’s contract workers.

“I think in light of the recent unrest, we need to carefully consider how we handle this,” said DA caucus leader Sibongiseni Majola, referring to the recent protest by the contract workers.

Last month, at least three marches were held by two labour federation unions, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union and Municipal and Allied Trade Union of South Africa, after the city terminated the contracts of about 1 000 of its workers.

In 2015 there was also a similar protest as thousands of contract workers demanded to be employed permanently.

According to a document read by acting municipal manager Sizwe Hadebe, the city intends hiring 200 workers and they are budgeting Incentive Grant funding of R6 809 000.

IFP councillor Sifiso Nene also raised his reservations on approving the report, saying he had heard that 200 people had been hired already.

He was however shot down by ward 21 councillor Mtuza Mkhize, who challenged him to come forward with proof of his allegations.

The report said the recruitment process will be done by the human resources division.

Speaker Jabu Ngubo encouraged councillors not to get involved in the recruitment.

The city’s legal team reminded Msunduzi about the conditions of the implementation of the programme.

Msunduzi has in the past been accused of employing temporary workers on successive contract terms for work that is not permanent in nature.

The document compiled by the city’s legal services warns that the Labour Relations Amendment Act places significant restrictions on the use of fixed term and part time contracts.

“Employment in terms of fixed term contracts for longer than three months will be deemed to become permanent employment with some exceptions.

“An employer cannot circumvent this provision by using successive fixed term contracts limited for three months each,” warns the document.

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