Cape Town municipal protest delayed

2012-07-05 12:11

Cape Town - A protest by Cape Town municipal workers on Thursday was delayed by late buses, the SA Municipal Workers' Union said.

Workers did not started marching at 10:00 as they were held up by the late release of Golden Arrow buses, regional secretary Mario Jacobs said.

About 100 people in Samwu shirts and reflective vests milled around on Keizergracht Street, in Zonnebloem.

They were expected to start marching to the civic centre at about 11:30.

The union wants the city to hire more workers for municipal services. It is also unhappy about the salaries paid to workers hired under the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).

Provincial secretary Andre Adams said a permanent council worker was paid about R240 a day, whereas an EPWP worker got R60.

"The Democratic Alliance’s announcement of job creation within the City of Cape Town is fake," Adams said.

"It is nothing but a political trick and a shameful exploitation of the poor, who are desperate for work and are prepared to work for peanuts."

Deputy city manager Mike Marsden would receive the union's memorandum of demands. There would be road closures between 10:00 and 14:00.

The rapid bus service MyCiti's main station at the civic centre would also be closed until 14:00. Its central bus station would be relocated temporarily to the corner of Heerengracht and Hertzog boulevards.

  • Henk - 2012-07-05 12:25

    Wonder if they are going to trash the place again?

      Freedom - 2012-07-05 13:03

      that is how they roll.. tired of the unions they fight for money so they can increase their prices. It is Strike season.

  • SmilificationTheTrollSlayer!!! - 2012-07-05 12:26

    "Workers did not started marching at 10:00" Nice News24... At least the city of capetown is making a effort into employing people. If they don't want minimum salary then they should not work.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-07-05 12:36

    Shambolic! But no surprise.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-05 12:48

    We need the stats of protests for Western cape vs Gauteng. WC is catching up if we add all undocumented protests. DA is not delivering for the majority.

      Karel du Toit - 2012-07-05 12:52

      wake up! it is the cANCer trying to put the DA in a bad light this is poor political childish behavior from cANCer muppets

      peter.ndamase - 2012-07-05 13:00

      @Karel, the stats please. A good leader will resolve the challenges without pointing fingers.

      SmilificationTheTrollSlayer!!! - 2012-07-05 13:02

      Peter - The states prove that the most WC protests are not related to service delivery. So stop b^&hing like a fisherman's wife. It was on News24 a while ago.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-05 13:39

      The majority in Cape Town don't have a problem with the DA, that is why they are in power here.

  • Quartus - 2012-07-20 14:42

    Ja, the ANC and unions are very busy down there in the the DA-held province. This onslaught will increase as December and Mangaung (where is this place?) draw nearer.

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