Municipal workers demand that employment process must stop

2015-12-10 06:00

SOUTH African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members engaged in protest action in the Port Shepstone CBD on Tuesday demanding that all organogram processes be stopped as they were unhappy with how they are being handled.

Its alleged that the union was misinformed that council had discussions about the organogram because the Hibiscus­ Coast Municipality (HCM) and Ezinqoleni are to amalgamate next year.

Mondli Ncane said the reason for their demand is the treatment they are receiving from management.

Apparently employees feel that internal­ staff should be given first preference­ if there are municipality vacancies.

Samwu demanded in their memorandum, handed to the mayor, that all employment processes and organogram processes are stopped until the next council and local labour forum sitting in 2016.

Municipal departments were closed as employees had gathered in front of Hibiscus Coast Municipality headquarters demanding that the mayor and council attend to them.

HCM council was having their last meeting for the year while angry employees protested outside.

After brief discussions in council HCM mayor Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu signed for the memorandum.

HCM spokesperson Simon April said the march was not legal and was unprotected, and according to the law, the municipality has the right to take action against those who were involved in it.

April said the union was misinformed as council did not discuss the organogram.

“The union was really misinformed as council would never discuss the organogram­ before the local labour forum meets - it was not on the agenda,” said April.

April stressed that action will be taken.

“As the municipality we might consider­ no work no pay for all employees­ who were part of the march.”

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