‘Wild cat’ strike to hit waste collection

2015-12-09 10:32
Temporary staff at the Msunduzi electricity department burnt tyres and barricaded the entrance to the Havelock Road offices demanding municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi come and see them. The group are demanding permanent positions after years as tempor

Temporary staff at the Msunduzi electricity department burnt tyres and barricaded the entrance to the Havelock Road offices demanding municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi come and see them. The group are demanding permanent positions after years as tempor (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A “wild cat” strike by municipal workers that started on Monday will affect refuse collection, the Msunduzi Municipality said.

Temporary workers in the municipal electricity, refuse removal and water department embarked on a strike on Monday demanding to be placed in permanent positions. The group of striking employees burnt tyres and barricaded the Doull Road depot.

“We humbly request residents to bear with us and take their refuse back into their yards, as alternate methods are being arranged,” said acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda.

Madonda said that the “certain” employees are engaged in a “wild cat” and “unprotected” strike.

“Residents are asked to be patient and bear with the municipality as we try resolve this matter,” added Madonda.

Earlier this week, workers demanded to meet with municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi saying that he was the only one with “the power” to employ them permanently. A spokesperson for the workers, who asked not to be named, said some of the workers had been temporary employees for five to 15 years.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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