Samwu strike talks continue

150506. Cape Town. The SAMWU march had a chaotic start on Tuesday morning when protesters refused to follow the set route for the march to the Civic Centre. Protesters started running in the opposite direction down Darling street and into Adderley street. SAPS tried several times to bring the protesters under control with no success. A group of protesters then ran down Adderley street and looted several informal stores and trashed rubbish bins on their way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

150506. Cape Town. The SAMWU march had a chaotic start on Tuesday morning when protesters refused to follow the set route for the march to the Civic Centre. Protesters started running in the opposite direction down Darling street and into Adderley street. SAPS tried several times to bring the protesters under control with no success. A group of protesters then ran down Adderley street and looted several informal stores and trashed rubbish bins on their way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

Published May 8, 2015

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Cape Town - As talks between the City of Cape Town and the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) continue, the strike that started on Monday has not been officially suspended. However, the city expects incidents related to the strike to decrease.

Municipal workers left their posts and embarked on a go-slow on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, they took to the streets in a mass march.

The march saw a large contingent of protesters defying the terms of the march, deviating from the planned route where they threw rubbish in the street and caused damaged amounting to almost R15 000.

Frustrations after their 35 grievances were not fully tended to led to some Samwu members creating havoc across the city on Wednesday.

The union had been on strike since Monday, with members taking part in go-slows and stay-aways, leaving services like refuse removal affected in various areas.

City mayco member for corporate services Xanthea Limberg said senior management was in talks with Samwu on Thursday and talks would continue on Friday.

She added that she was not in a position to comment on what was happening around the negotiating table.

Samwu spokesman Mikel Khumalo said they were positive about the progress being made, but said he was not able to say how many grievances they had already covered.

“We have agreed to set aside three days to go through all the issues and we are hoping to come up with acceptable recommendations that can be made to the mayor.”

Khumalo said they had to keep in line with the city’s processes but were glad to have arrived at this point.

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