Msunduzi’s waste department employees downed tools on Tuesday demanding overtime payments and salary increases.
They closed Pietermaritzburg engineers’ workshop on Dual Road with burning tyres.
They told The Witness they were getting paid the lowest salaries across the municipality because of the grade they fell under. They said this was unfair because their job was the most dangerous. They also claimed that they had not received uniforms since 2020.
“We work overtime but the management refuses to sign to approve it so that we can get paid. They only sign it when they want to.
“We are being overworked yet we are underpaid,” said one of employees during Tuesday’s protest.
The City’s waste staffers threatened to continue with the protest if their demands were not met.
Msunduzi spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumatha said the municipality was aware of the current service delivery interruptions due to a strike at the waste department.
“The City said management is addressing staff on their grievances and promised that service will proceed once the issues have been resolved,” she said.