Cold weather delays KZN strike action

2011-08-15 12:34

Durban - Chilly weather in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal prevented striking municipal workers from taking part in pickets, the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) said on Monday.

“We planned a number of pickets but very few people attended because of the cold weather. The weather has disrupted our plans,” said Samwu provincial secretary, Jaycee Ncanana.

A countrywide municipal worker strike began on Monday morning.

Ncanana said they had decided to address striking workers at different venues in Durban after pickets failed.

It rained in Durban on Sunday night and the weather only started clearing up after 08:00.


The N3 highway at Van Reenen's Pass between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal was also closed due to heavy snowfalls, the N3 Toll Concession company said on Monday.

Samwu and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) members are demanding an 18% or R2 000 wage increase, whichever is higher, and the SA Local Government Association is offering 6%.

According to the SA Local Governments Association, unions were revisiting a wage settlement agreed on last year.

Imatu members would join the strike on August 19 because it served the employer with the notice on August 11.

“You have to give the employer seven days' notice. The seven days' notice will end on August 19,” said Imatu president Stanley Khoza.

If Imatu members downed tools before then, they could face disciplinary measures after the strike, he said.

Ncanana said a massive march would take place in Durban on Friday and that other protests would take place in Pietermaritzburg and Port Shepstone on Thursday.

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  • HP - 2011-08-15 12:47

    It was snowing a very short while here in Randburg

      O-Kay - 2011-08-15 12:59

      Well we had really BIG hail in Midrand, when I asked for white stuff, I obviously never specified it be flakes..... lol

  • morentebo - 2011-08-15 12:48

    R2000 is a lot of money to others, while for those who change cars like their undies is their kids' pocket money just give them the money

      Grayman - 2011-08-15 13:05

      @morentebo: and exactly where are you going to get the extra funds for it? Take it off the municipal manager and mayor's salaries? I don't think so. I'll tell you where - from the poor ratepayer's pocket. The service delivery is pathetic as it is, why should I pay more for less?

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-15 13:10

      Hey, good idea Morentobo - why don't you give first. I will match you rand for rand. I got ZERO percent this year, nothing. They want 18%. It's a joke. They will settle for 8% and their union bosses will still make fat salaries while the workers spend the next 5 years making up the shortfall.

      Megan - 2011-08-15 13:24

      THERE IS NO MONEY TO "JUST GIVE THEM" When the hell are people (especially the Unions) going to wake up to this fact! You can't expect wage increases whenever the FU*K you want them when only about 40% of the population are actually contributing! In the current financial situation experienced throughout the world just be bloody thankful that you HAVE A JOB.

      DW - 2011-08-15 16:05

      morentebo, how about you give the money for the first 20 people. Only 20. You can pay a smaller deposit on your next luxury 4x4. I am sure you can afford it. When the rubbish is turfed all over the street you can pay a private contractor to clean it up too. When the buses are set on fire and have to be replaced, they can take that off your bonus. I volunteer you seeing that you are so willing to pay up. Well done on your magnanamity.

  • GSXA - 2011-08-15 12:58

    Fair weather protesters, long may the inclement weather continue.

      gcr - 2011-08-15 13:04

      Fully support you on this - need the rain gods to chuck it down every time these idiots go out on strike

  • O-Kay - 2011-08-15 12:58

    So let's get this right.... they really want more money, and they are so determined to have their say, that a little cold weather has stopped them from picketing?? Stand up for what you believe is right, get out there and throw rubbish around and tip over bins!!

  • Martin - 2011-08-15 13:01

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAA Soon to come: "We demand warmer weather" Chops

      robincasino - 2011-08-15 14:06

      Hahaha!!! Okes I'm BLEAK!! But not as much as the weather.. Hahaha!!

  • Grayman - 2011-08-15 13:03

    Ha ha ha - what a joke. This just goes to show who really wants to strike. The workers or the union bosses? This is nothing to do with getting more pay, it is all about showing who has the most muscle when it comes to striking. The weather has put a serious dent into the negotiating power of samwu.

  • Podgette - 2011-08-15 13:10

    Sissies - obviously not that committed to the cause.

  • johanl - 2011-08-15 13:13

    so we have fair weather strikers. if they really had a point they wud strike come high or low. further only striking during working hours. no after hours or weekends strange ???

      DW - 2011-08-15 16:07

      Notice how the strikes and protests always start on a Monday? After a weekend of "resting" from all their hard work

  • Jim - 2011-08-15 13:16

    Oh I think we have upgraded the striking force to fair weather strikers. Hey what a setback.

  • Streetdreams - 2011-08-15 13:17

    The goverment has more money, they drive extreme fancy cars, top salaries,top bonuses for doing Vokol, let e'm pay !!!! viva municapal strikers, they thought you guys are stupid !!! lol

  • MrWhite - 2011-08-15 13:18

    God works in mysterious ways. Maybe the underlying message here is that they should be grateful to be employed at all and go back to work.

  • Totman - 2011-08-15 13:21

    At least the workers/strikers are consistent. They do not work when it is cold or raining. Neither do they march.

  • Tiwonge - 2011-08-15 13:30

    Some of the cold weather should come this side of Johannesburg. There is too much commotion from the bunch that works little if at all and wants more.

  • Erich - 2011-08-15 13:34

    Ok where is the commitment ... why not just call off the whole strike because how much do you want to be payed extra for the poor service. The service delivery is the same as the turnout for the picketing ... next to nothing.

  • mugu.eater - 2011-08-15 13:36

    Blame the weather on apartheid.

      Japes - 2011-08-15 20:46

      Give us Wit Ous a break man!! We are even being accused of being responsible for "inflation". What next??

  • Left Screwed - 2011-08-15 13:37

    Not really committed, weather should not stand in the way of the masses.

  • - 2011-08-15 13:37

    Fair weather strikers? Really? Where is the commitment to what they believe they are owed. Or is it only commitment in the warm weather? Surely if they dance around as always they will stay warm!

  • Tiwonge - 2011-08-15 13:44

    Now I will have to register Fairweather Picketers as a Company with Cipro.

  • FATHERMOX - 2011-08-15 14:30

    Fathermox [Moses] Ngwathe Edenville North of Free State It really not good to see & hear municipal workers fight for 18% increase, while they can't even deliver 18% of service delivery.

  • lollie sue - 2011-08-15 14:36

    Thanx to the weather, wish it continues

  • traceyLew - 2011-08-16 17:05

    @Morentebo - most skilled people do not earn what the street sweepers want to earn. I mean really, get real. If the government can't afford the kind of raise they are looking for then they can't afford it. They are also burning things and stealing good from vendors and walking around with weapons. They deserve nothing with that type of attitude. They should all be fired and fined for the mess that they are making. Fine the blady Union to which is causing all the trouble. Things are hard for everyone and not just for them. Ask your government for the raise from their own private masses of money that they have made being dishonest and keeping the masses stupid enough to vote for them in the dark.

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