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Bloemontein - Workers at Sol Plaatje municipality in Kimberley are on a go-slow in a protest over several issues, a union spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.
Sol Plaatje SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) chairman Manne Moremi said the go-slow was across all sectors of the municipality.
“It's a go-slow until we can go on a full strike of which the application would 1/8be 3/8 handed in tomorrow (Wednesday).”
On Monday, unhappy workers held executive mayor Agnes Ntlangula and the municipal manager Goolam Akharwaray against their will at a meeting at the Kimberley City Hall.
Police were called in to escort Ntlangula and Akharwaray out of the city hall.
Northern Cape police spokesman Lt Olebogeng Tawana said the situation was quiet on Tuesday.
Moremi said Samwu wanted all contract workers to be permanently employed immediately. They also wanted an external audit of back-pay due to workers.
Moremi said the mayor should intervene in disciplinary hearings against some workers.
“We believe that disciplinary hearings were used to silence some workers.”
ANC provincial secretary Zamani Saul raised concern about the protest situation at the municipality.
“We are of the firm view that there are channels of communication in every workplace and violent protests such as these are not the way to go.”
Saul said the municipal management and workers should meet urgently to find a solution to the problem. Labour issues could not be allowed to drag on for so long.
The Sol Plaatje municipal spokesman was not available for comment.