Workers are holding Ugu to ransom

2018-06-07 06:01

Naidoo said Ugu will not be succumbing to the demands of workers via the illegal strike, saying that workers will have to follow the correct and legal protocols to have their grievances heard by the municipality.

Instead, legal action will be taken against the workers.

A court interdict will be submitted to them today demanding that they return to work or face dismissal.

Naidoo further said the municipality has sought the intervention of the provincial and national government for assistance with the current crisis.

“The municipality views this action by workers affiliated to Samwu as a blatant disregard of the constitutional right of communities to the provision of water and sanitation services.

“And we have identified that certain areas are currently being affected by water disruptions.

“We have also engaged the services of the law-enforcement agencies to deal with possible acts of sabotage to the municipal infrastructure. We appeal to our communities to bear with us during this period while we work tirelessly towards arresting this situation.”

While Ugu has previously encountered illegal strikes, their transparency in dealing with the current one has ensure that they gathered community support.

The ANC in the region also released a statement saying the behaviour by the workers is unacceptable.

“The ANC is issuing a firm warning to those employees who are deliberately hampering water service delivery that we will encourage the courts to impose the maximum sentence for those found guilty,” said spokesperson Selvan Chetty, apologising to the community and urging them to assist in bringing culprits to justice by reporting incidents.

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