Samwu protest expected to bring Pietermaritzburg to a standstill

A man flies the Samwu flag during a protest in Johannesburg. (Cornel Van Heerden, Gallo Images, Beeld, file)
A man flies the Samwu flag during a protest in Johannesburg. (Cornel Van Heerden, Gallo Images, Beeld, file)

Members of the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) in Msunduzi are expected to bring the city of Pietermaritzburg to a complete standstill as they will be marching to Premier Sihle Zikalala’s office to raise some of their grievances on Friday.

The members are expected to start gathering at Dales Park from 9 am on Friday and will then march through town to the premier’s office on Langalibalele Street.

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Samwu’s regional secretary Linda Gcabashe said among their demands are employment plans for young graduates, jobs for people with disabilities, doing away with the exploitation of workers through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), fair and equal employment opportunities, doing away with victimisation of employees using internal audit processes, PPE for all employees, fair skills development of employees, respect for bargaining agreements, the danger risk allowance for Covid-19 and doing away with corruption and jail perpetrators.

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