Joburg municipal strike not going to plan

2011-08-19 11:21

Johannesburg - Striking municipal workers had not arrived for a much-publicised march over wages in Johannesburg by 10:00 on Friday morning.

"We will be there soon," SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) provincial chairperson Koena Ramotlou told Sapa by phone, without explaining the delay.

There were no striking workers in sight at Peter Rose Park at 10:00, when the march had been scheduled to start.

Only journalists and metro police officers were on the scene.

Earlier, Johannesburg metro spokesperson Edna Molewa said that at least 15 roads would be closed in anticipation of the march.

Metrobus spokesperson Esther Dreyer warned commuters that no buses would run in the city centre.

"We will be withdrawing buses from the city centre from 09:00 to 14:00 in view of the Samwu march... to safeguard passengers and protect our property," she said.

Ramotlou said he expected 60% of Samwu members to participate in the march.

On Thursday, City of Johannesburg spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane said most municipal departments had shown full attendance despite the strike that started on Monday.

"Work is continuing; none of our services have been affected."

Union officials have denied claims that disgruntled members are boycotting the national strike because of corruption within its provincial leadership.

The SABC reported on Monday that 85% of Samwu members in Gauteng were not taking part in the strike.

Samwu has demanded an 18% salary increase. The SA Local Government Association (Salga) has offered 6.8%.

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  • Annamrie - 2011-08-19 11:26


      Nunya - 2011-08-19 11:32

      Hahahahahaha...SAMWU, you dolts!!!!

      ManOTMoment - 2011-08-19 11:46

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! they cant even strike properly.

      Charlie - 2011-08-19 11:52

      Great to see South Africans standing against corruption!

      aarchaic - 2011-08-19 12:40

      its really funny!! but whats even funnier is why do they march at all... when they can be striking and sitting at home drinking 2 beers for the price of the taxi they would have paid getting there and still be thristy... i'll rather chill out in front of the tv!

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-19 18:05

      They decided to strike on the strike

      tryanything - 2011-08-20 07:03

      @aarchaic. And what do you watch on sabc ...? Striker not pitching up .for work/ strike....

  • Nintendo - 2011-08-19 11:28

    yea they are sick and tired of you lot, they lose out at the end....

  • Ulrich - 2011-08-19 11:28

    fail :)

      Kappie - 2011-08-19 11:31

      a continental on eat that

  • Born To Fish - 2011-08-19 11:28

    LOL!!!! Your members are starting to see through the Unions! You always ask for a higher rate and then eventually settle for 1% more than originally! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

      Grant - 2011-08-19 11:39

      And have got to realise that the wages lost during the strike takes 10 - 15 years to recover, despite the increases.

  • claudevn - 2011-08-19 11:29

    EPIC FAIL lol

  • Barry - 2011-08-19 11:30

    Good for the workers. Their Unions are taking them for a ride

  • Ion James - 2011-08-19 11:35

    Strange how zealous they are in Cpt and how lackluster in Jhb , somebody is playing Dirty Politics ..

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-19 11:43

      What's also strange is how much energy they put into striking. Pity they don't put the same amount of energy into doing their jobs.

  • ginger13 - 2011-08-19 11:37

    hahahahahah they cant even arrive on time for a march that has a direct link to their wallet. this is a good story for a friday makes me laugh... what a bunch of w@nkers, now you think they arrive early for work and leave late? that i would pay to see.... well done SAMWU clap clap clap

  • abg100 - 2011-08-19 11:39

    Does anyone think it strange that they could possibly not be marching because of corruption in provincial leadership?That should be a VERY VALID REASON TO MARCH!!But then again-i forgot-theyre devoid of the capability of thought,consience or reasoning.

  • Spydr - 2011-08-19 11:41

    "We will be there soon" - we are on African time ...

      Peter - 2011-08-19 12:08

      Funny thing African time-- yet when the train is on African time you burn it. what ever suits you

  • Mariaan - 2011-08-19 11:41

    While Municipal workers are striking, some Fire fighters (and other emergency service personal) received the delightful news that, although they will continue to work normal shifts as before, they will not receive shift grants any more. In some cases this means up to a 20% drop in salary. They too are municipal workers, but may not and do not strike. They are too busy selling cars or houses which they from now on will not be able to afford

      JudithNkwe - 2011-08-19 11:46

      Surely this is a matter for the CCMA to handle on their behalf? Why do government bodies get away with blatantly unfair labour practices?

  • Martin - 2011-08-19 11:48

    /me slowly claps

  • HappyGoLucky - 2011-08-19 11:50

    perhaps the 'hidden force' SAMWU refers to in other news articles is the ANC themselves?? why screw up their own property? right?

  • Shrek - 2011-08-19 11:55

    The ANC is going to implode one of these days, That day will for ever be a public holiday in this country!!!

  • VargVikernes - 2011-08-19 11:58

    Damn it all, how inconsiderate. I was looking forward to dropping fridges and photocopiers out of my office window onto people. How unreliable.

  • ockert.niekerk - 2011-08-19 11:59

    Striking from your own strke,thats just brilliant. @errolndevu- Just shut up F@c!head..dont you have a strike not to attend?

      ruaneras - 2011-08-19 13:09

      AG Ockert, hoekom bly jy nie maar 'n bietjie stil nie. Jy praat die grootste klomp str@nt.

  • Dnt8 - 2011-08-19 12:02

    gone to the dumps...

  • SilentGenius - 2011-08-19 12:03

    They are sitting in the much effort to strike....its a nice day in Joburg

      Komasa - 2011-08-19 12:21

      Change your alias to 'SilentFart'.

      Nouz - 2011-08-19 12:32

      @ Silent Genius - Wow i think thats a little harsh! No need to generalise. Their are a few lazy ones yes, but i would like to believe they have not arrived for the RIGHT reasons

  • Henry - 2011-08-19 12:03

    It looks as if the workers realize the truth. The union leaders get full pay while the workers gets no pay. Where does the money come from --- the rate payers and workers will have to foot the bill. So 6% is good 18% is rediculous

  • Joy Thorpe - 2011-08-19 12:03


  • Truth24 - 2011-08-19 12:04

    Now if only ALL people of this country would only follow their lead - DON'T FOLLOW CORRUPTED LEADERS!

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-08-19 12:15

    All together now ... AG SHAME!!!

  • vince muller - 2011-08-19 12:21

    Maybe 10% SAMWU the rest unemployed getting a T shirt and something to eat

  • Nouz - 2011-08-19 12:29

    @ charlie. I agree! Great to see them standing up for whats right!

  • Ingie - 2011-08-19 12:31

    who cares i dont . looks as though they also need brains to be able to jump up and down

  • Ingie - 2011-08-19 12:34

    Bloody clowns

  • abg100 - 2011-08-19 12:40

    My dear dumb uneducated errolNdevu- and all da brothers from the other mothers that are related to you[which is a lot-judging by the state of the country] When you eventually grow a brain cell which gives you the brain capacity to think -go to the library,get a book called the DICTIONARY-look up the meaning of the word corruption and when you can understand it then add your 1c worth! Until then shut up and go find something to destroy with the rest of your brothers-the only thing youre good at!

  • Vrisbaba - 2011-08-19 13:15

    Scared that they'll face losing their jobs like the CPT looters are they? Funny how the 'masses' are happy to trash and burn a city under proper (read DA) control, but stay away from action when it comes to one controlled the bretheren. Corruption my @ss

  • RobertKay - 2011-08-19 13:32

    Ja - jus' hold on man. We're coming - I know it should have been 10 o'clock, but we had a small hiccup - just wait until the masses arrive, we'll bring your city to a complete stop. What's that? No one there yet? Oh hell, t6here must be a delay of some sorts. We'll get ti sorted out. Sometime. Maybe next year's strike? Oh well - may as well go home for a beer! What a bunch of misfits!!

  • Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-08-19 13:41

    a bit of pie in the face of SAMWU.....gotto love it......CHOPS !

  • Bladyell - 2011-08-19 13:45

    Haha You Fools!! You cant evin strike properly!

  • Doug - 2011-08-19 13:53

    r the wekkers waking up at last? The union'bosses' r laughing all the way 2 the bank!

  • Kazinga - 2011-08-19 13:53

    Finally some of these idiots realized you can't strike every month for a pay raise!!! Some light at the end of the common sense tunnel!!!!!

  • VillageBelle - 2011-08-19 13:54

    @Koena Ramotlou...I give up on lost causes like you!Have you seen how your people are trashing the streets?Yesterday we had people asking the public to assist with cleaning up after those fools burn the rubbish bins...SAD!

  • Chris - 2011-08-19 14:45

    SALGA should test in court whether they had the right to strike! It would seem as though less than 50% of their members wanted the strike!

  • ex-pat - 2011-08-19 16:07

    This is hilarious. Journalists and the police turn up on time for the march, FIFTEEN roads are closed, no buses running in the city centre, and they boycott the strike because of corruption in their own leadership. Only in South Africa...

  • Trueblue - 2011-08-19 17:48

    I hope that the people of South Africa are beginning to realise that these calls for marches and mass action have nothing to do with them at all. They are just popularity side-shows for small, ignorant people who are living off the backs of the people that they claim they represent. What would happen to these so-called leaders if union and association membership fees were pegged nationally at R10-00 a month or per annum. Where would they be without their luxury 4X4s, their villas and their expensive tastes. It's time that South Africans marched against corrupt government officials, corrupt party leaders, and against people who have made millions out of tenders, the money of which belongs to the people of South Africa for the development of the country. The ANC have already nationalised the the tender process. Look who are benefiting. Not the poor, or the middle class. Only the ANC elite and their cronies, and Zuma's children. What will happen if they nationalise the banks, the mines and the industries? Let the unions call for marches on a Sunday or on a public holiday. That way, they can actually see how many people take them seriously, and the normal business of the country can go on unaffected. One wonders how much the unions paid the unemployed people in Cape Town to trash the city.

      tryanything - 2011-08-20 07:18

      Does some body actually know details of what the leaders earn......?

      tryanything - 2011-08-20 07:19

      Trueblue How can one not not work on a Sunday.Its all not not wek.

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