Municipality to curb effects of protests

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REFILWE MEKOA

Metsimaholo municipality in Sasolburg said they are doing everything in their power to turn things around after protests hit the town from last month.

Municipal spokesperson Gino Alberts added that they will be taking serious discipline measures to the less than 150 South African Municipal Workers who are still on strike. Metsimaholo served striking Samwu employees with an ultimatum last Friday, that if they don’t return to work, their working contracts will be terminated.

Alberts said more than 100 Samwu employees have returned to work from the approximately 250 striking employees. He said Metsimaholo is willing to follow rightful negotiation procedures by working together with the union.

“If the local labour forum where issued the concerns that the employees have raised which are labour related like salaries, overtime and protective clothing. There are certain platforms to be followed for these kinds of issues to be resolved,” he said.

Alberts added that they have tried to keep the town clean and clarified that the striking Samwu members work in various municipal departments ranging from technical, infrastructure, finance, and refusal removal sectors.