The City said an interim agreement between itself and the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) was reached in the Labour Court yesterday, which applies to all firefighters in Cape Town, regardless of their union affiliation.
“In the coming weeks, the parties will be required to file their heads of argument in preparation for the hearing in the Labour Court. The City of Cape Town remains committed to resolving the ongoing dispute as speedily as the legal process allows, so that we can move forward,” said executive director for safety and security, Richard Bosman.
In terms of the agreement between the two parties, the City said firefighters would honour the terms of the existing collective agreement relating to their 24-hour shifts and standby allowance, with the City in turn lifting all suspensions and disciplinary proceedings against its employees arising from conduct in relation to the dispute from October 1, when the workers began their boycott.
“We would like to express our sincere thanks to those firefighters and volunteers who have helped us keep the service going over the past week. In spite of the challenges, they have remained true to the ethos of the Fire and Rescue Service,” said Bosman.