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Cape Town - Motorists will have free street parking in the city centre from Monday, when parking marshals start a strike over breach of contract, worker representative Francis Lilongelo said on Sunday.
The dispute has been referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, which issued a certificate last week for the marshals to embark on a protected strike.
“There are about 200 marshals in the CBD. Our strike will be on until the boss comes and negotiates with us. What it means is that until then there is free parking,” Lilongelo said.
Employer Street Parking Solution and the workers had a contract for marshals to be paid 23.5 percent commission on parking fees collected, he said.
“The 23.5 percent is in the contract. We have not been getting this for four years. Workers are very unhappy and feel they are being used. We’ve been treated unfairly for a long time,” he said.
Owner Zunade Loghdey had been notified on Friday that the strike would start on Monday said Lilongelo.
“We will not have demonstrations or marches, but we’ll gather at the company office in the city,” he said.
Loghdey confirmed he had been notified of the strike.