Tebogo Msimanga |
The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in the Tshwane region says it has noted with great concern the disruption of services and attack on workers within the City of Tshwane. The Union reiterated that these disruptions have been characterised by water interruptions and electricity blackouts in many parts of Tshwane and of great concern to them is the increase in the attacks that workers suffer at the hands of community members.
SAMWU Regional Secretary Mpho Tladinyane said despite their many efforts to engage with the City, the Acting City Manager and the Mayor have on numerous occasions blamed the disruption of services on members of the union, claiming that members of the union have embarked on an illegal strike. “On the 22nd of March 2022, the Acting City Manager went as far as issuing a “final ultimatum”, to whom we are not sure as members of SAMWU are not on strike, yet!We place it on record that SAMWU has not called for a strike in the City of Tshwane as of yet.”
Tladinyane said the union is not led by amateurs who do not know the procedure to be followed when embarking on strike. “When the time comes for us to call for a strike given the decision by the City to deny workers their salary and wage increases, we shall do so following the correct procedures.”
SAMWU is calling on the Acting City Manager and the Mayor to desist from driving a wedge between workers and community members. “We further call on our members and municipal workers in general within the City to remain disciplined as they have been and not to allow themselves into these shenanigans that are being amplified by the City.”