Tshwane municipal workers strike to continue

2019-08-01 07:32
Samwu members picket on the streets of Pretoria as wage negotiations are under way.

Samwu members picket on the streets of Pretoria as wage negotiations are under way. (Sesona Ngqakamba, News24)

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The strike by City of Tshwane bus drivers and other municipal workers is expected to continue on Thursday as an agreement between the City and South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has still not been reached.

On Wednesday afternoon, the City confirmed talks would resume on Thursday morning.

Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesperson Isaac Mahamba told News24 the protests were expected to enter its fourth day.

Attempts to get comment from Samwu were unsuccessful.

Since the start of the week, striking City workers have been blockading streets with buses, refuse trucks and rubbish. They are demanding an 18% increase that was allegedly paid to the City's top managers.

READ: Rubbish strewn on streets of Pretoria as municipal workers' strike continues

On Wednesday, News24 reported the City said it could not meet the 18% increase demanded by its employees. 

Mayoral spokesperson Omogolo Taunyane explained the reason why top management was able to get the increase was that they had agreed to forfeit benefits such as medical aid, pension funds, housing benefits and 13th cheques.

"The senior members' packages allow for that kind of a restructuring especially after COGTA [the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs] recategorised the City from category 9 to 10. That would entail an increase, but it was 18% only because their benefits were forfeited," Taunyane said.

As negotiations continued throughout Wednesday, businesses closed their doors as City employees marched through the streets, with some forcing a refuse truck to dump its rubbish on Stanza Bopape Street.

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