Monday 28 November 2016 21:11
Two hundred workers at the Msukaligwa Municipality in Ermelo have been dismissed following an unprotected strike.
The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) affiliated workers were demanding better wages and protective clothing.
Muskaligwa municipality Spokesperson Mandla Zwane says, “We have terminated employment contracts for 200 employees after embarking on an illegal strike. They have been served with letters because they also defied a court order.”
The workers want improved salaries to match the municipality’s grading as per agreement in 2010.
“We want our grading money. without the money we are not going back to work,” says a worker.
The municipality is also accused of failing to provide protective clothing.
Samwu is preparing for battle. Samwu shop steward Sifiso Zacharius says, “Our struggle is clear; we are saying no to victimisation of workers. We are going to defend them on these dismissals. We will fight until the last drop of our blood.”
The municipality admits some of the demands are legitimate.
It says a prolonged legal dispute between organised labour and the Local Government Association has delayed the implementation of salary adjustments.
The affected workers are hoping that the municipality will review its decision and reinstate them.
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