A strike by refuse truck drivers in Nelson Mandela Bay has ended, the municipality said. File picture: Henk Kruger/Cape Argus
A strike by refuse truck drivers in Nelson Mandela Bay has ended, the municipality said. File picture: Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

Cape Town municipal workers to strike

By SAPA Time of article published Sep 20, 2013

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Cape Town - A municipal workers' strike over a range of grievances will begin at the City of Cape Town on Monday, a trade union said.

“The strike is not related to wage negotiations,” SA Municipal Workers' Union's (Samwu) Cape Town regional secretary Mike Khumalo said on Friday.

“It is to do with a range of workers' grievances including discrimination at certain depots, transport, and adjustment of work programmes.”

There were concerns that the adjustment of work programmes at the city would lead to greater work volumes.

Pickets would be organised at a number of depots to draw attention to the various problems workers faced.

Khumalo said Samwu was speaking to the city in an attempt to resolve the problems.

Cape Town mayoral committee member for corporate services Demetri Qually said in a statement that the city had contingency plans in place to limit the effect of the strike on residents.

“Some services, such as refuse collection, may be affected. The city will do all that it can to ensure that residents’ refuse is collected and that refuse drop-off sites remain open.”

Qually said residents should leave their refuse bins on pavements until rubbish was collected, as the strike could affect the refuse collection schedule.

“While the city respects the rights of staff to strike, we will ensure that any negative impact on our core service delivery functions is minimised.”

Sapa

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