Municipality warns residents of possible interruptions

2018-03-15 06:00

THE municipality is distressed and concerned by the reckless and non-cooperative attitude displayed by the Samwu union during the recently held negotiations over what was presented by the union as unfavourable working conditions by its members.

The protracted negotiations between the municipality and the union reached a deadlock after the municipality had made all efforts in meeting the union demands of ensuring that the fundamental issues were being diligently resolved but despite all these efforts, the union leadership resorted to engaging in dramatics and acts of brinkmanship.

They thereafter demanded that the municipality must not renew the employment contract of one it’s senior manager, a demand which was unambiguously rejected by the municipality.

This was an obvious act of provocation and clearly demonstrated that the union was not willing to conclude these negotiations amicably.

And it became obvious that we were dealing with some unprecedented levels of disdain and intransigence from the worker’s union.

The municipality is currently exploring all available legal options to ensure that law and order is being restored.

We therefore regret to advise all residents of possible water supply interruptions during this period as a possible threat of downing tools by workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union looks eminent.

Despite all this, the municipality is ready to use all it’s available resources to ensure that it minimises the impact of service-delivery interruptions within our communities.

And the municipality is still amenable to further engagements with the trade union Samwu in an effort to find an amicable solution to this impasse, provided workers continues to execute their tasks accordingly.

And in light of this, we still believe that Samwu union, as a working-class organisation, would appreciate the impact that workers’ industrial action has on the public and our economy.

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