Municipal union demands more rights

2012-07-05 15:53

Cape Town - About 300 members of the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) marched to the Cape Town civic centre on Thursday afternoon to demand equal rights for temporary workers.

They sang and danced outside the civic centre on Hertzog Boulevard, as a line of policemen dressed in protest gear watched.

Samwu Cape metro regional secretary Mario Jacobs handed over a memorandum of demands to acting city manager Mike Marsden.

Jacobs said the city had misled workers hired under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) -- a government job creation initiative.

"Your council is on record stating that the city created some 11 000 EPWP jobs. This is a blatant lie as job opportunities do not translate into real jobs," he said.

"All you have done is to recycle job opportunities from one poor, unemployed person to another with no prospect of that leading to quality, permanent employment."

He said the EPWP contracts were being used to replace the work being performed by permanent city staff, which led to increased casualisation of the workplace.

The union demanded that the city negotiate the terms of employment for these contracts before next Thursday.

It was asking for greater job security, health and safety protection, longer periods of employment, and access to training, among other things.

Housing Assembly chairperson Mhlobo Gunguluzi, whose members also marched, demanded quality public housing without prepaid water and electricity systems.

He wanted the city to scrap arrears and evictions.

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-07-05 16:13

    Demand. The only word they know.

      Godfrey - 2012-07-05 16:41

      Another attempt by Cosatu WC to discredit the DA...shame

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-05 16:56

      'We have our rights and we demand them' ...... very nice, but try working to earn them every now and again. The white man's patience is rapidly running out with the lazy, uneducated and indolent povo. Can't wait to see you exlain your constitutional rights to the your next Master, the Chinese.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-05 22:26

      .. We are trying to help them. Let them go on strike - no work, no pay and let the lazy buggers starve. For every one of them, there are 20 ready to replace them. After a few weeks they will come back begging for a job. I have no sympathy for ungrateful unskilled, inept workers that think life ows them a living.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-05 16:21

    The sooner SA get rid of all Unions the better for the country.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-05 16:21

    I also want free water & electricity.. If not, scrap my bills and let me start from scratch. I am after all, working DAMN hard and paying ALOT of tax!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-05 17:04

      Regrettably, Emily-Jane you are white and apparently have no say in the future of the New SA. A pity really, as I am sure you contribute to the economy on a daily basis.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-07-05 16:44

    Fire them all!! Then they will have equal opportunities to look for a new job..Thank you, problem solved..

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-07-05 17:12

    Have they ever thought of service delivery.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-05 17:16

    I'm with the union on the temporary jobs issue, especially if it let's the municipality off the hook. But living in public housing no strings attached is rubbish. You can't pay the rent or your bills, you're out. Bills don't get scrapped, they get paid. This is not lala land...

  • donovan.solomons - 2012-07-05 17:18

    Shouldn't we start to demand for certain basic rights too? Why do we pay tax on electricity, while others demand for free electricity? I'm not saying that it should be for free to all, I would like to see electricity to be tax exempted. Shouldn't THAT be something for cosatu to demand from national government? Instead they fight for petty things, merely because they have to be heard or die. Away with the Triparteid, away with cosatu

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