JOHANNESBURG - The main opposition Democratic Alliance on Tuesday applauded an agreement betweeen the city of Johannesburg and two unions aimed at improving labour relations, thus reducing strikes and improving services.
The DA has run Johannesburg in an alliance with other opposition parties after unseating the national governing African National Congress (ANC) in 2016.
On Tuesday it said the memorandum of understanding signed the previous day with the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) and the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) would foster mutual accountability and a healthy relationship.
"When the DA-led administration took over the reins of South Africa’s economic hub, it inherited labour relations which were often volatile and disruptive," the party," DA national spokeswoman Refiloe Nt’sekhe said in a statement.
"This historic agreement between the city and labour unions will go a long way in fostering peaceful and stable labour relations in the city and will provide employees with a conducive work environment."