Mangaung workers back on duty

Municipal workers demand metro salaries and not local municipality salaries as they've been receiving.

Mangaung Metro Municipal workers who are affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) are back at work following a three-week long strike. This comes after the municipality obtained an order from the Labour Court on Friday declaring the strike illegal.

The union’s Provincial Secretary, Thabang Tseuoa, says although the interim court order has declared the strike illegal and they are expected to appear in court on August 18, they still maintain that their demands are valid.

“Workers will have to have to resume their duties up until we have finalised all the court proceedings. So, between now and August it means workers must return to work. We still believe that we have a strong case even if we return to work. We will continue to find other avenues to resolve matters.”

He says should the month of August arrive without having resolutions of their demands by the municipality, they might return back to a strike.

The workers were striking over salaries, among other things.

Katleho Morapela- Courant News