Johannesburg - A faction of the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has set itself on a collision course with the City of Joburg’s mayor Herman Mashaba following his decision to recognise another rival group.
Last month, Mashaba and the rival Samwu members entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which both agreed to resolve disputes on all labour-related matters, including strike actions.
However, general secretary Koena Ramotlou on Tuesday said his union’s special central executive committee (SCEC) meeting held at the weekend had been informed of the MOU which has been signed “by individuals purporting to be representing Samwu and the City of Johannesburg”.
“The SCEC is shocked that ‘class-conscious’ individuals would sign an agreement with the employer giving assurance that there would never be a strike in the workplace.”
He said that the SCEC considered the agreement “as non-binding to the union” and as such supported the intentions by its members in the City of Johannesburg to declare a dispute over the MOU. “We reaffirm that a strike is a constitutional right of workers and as such cannot be taken away from our members through the signing of MOUs.