Tebogo Msimanga |
Members of the South African Municipal Worker’s Union (SAMWU) and workers at Rand Water will be embarking on indefinite protected strike action from Wednesday 21 April 2021. SAMWU is demanding R4 000 salary increase, R15 000 sectoral minimum wage, R 3 500 housing allowance for all workers and 80% employer medical aid contribution and 20% employee contribution.
SAMWU said it has successfully referred a dispute to the CCMA regarding the unilateral change of conditions of employment and service for workers at Rand Water as communicated by the employer to workers on the 31st of March 2021.
SAMWU Gauteng Deputy Secretary Mamorena Madisha said the employer has already been informed of their intentions to go on strike. “The decision that we have taken as SAMWU to go on strike is a painful one as we know that taps will run dry in all areas that are serviced by Rand Water. However this is noble, justifiable and well within our rights.”
Madisha added that as a trade union, they will not allow the employer to bully workers by unilaterally changing employees’ conditions of service without any consultation whatsoever. Our members and their interests come first.
“We firmly believe that our demands are truly justified and important to the livelihoods of the entire workforce of the utility.”