Metsimaholo Municipality employees on strike are adamant that their activities are legal.
Some of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union members in Sasolburg vow not to back down. According to Samwu’s local chairperson, Sandla Mahlathi, they stopped protesting after they had been served with a court interdict. The strike started on 17 June. The municipality warned the less than 150 striking Samwu members on Thursday that they would be taking serious discipline measures.
Mahlathi explained that Metsimaholo municipality doesn’t have the legitimacy of threating them.
“There is a 2.4 clause in the interdict that deals with compliance. We had to suspend the strike at that time and had to comply with section 64. The section stated a notice should be served in seven days, which we did, hence the strike commenced again on 10 July and the notice was served to the municipality,” he said.
Mahlathi dismissed Metsimaholo’s statement that they are willing to work together with the union. He said since they started striking, the municipal manager has been nowhere to be found and Samwu’s provincial leaders have been struggling to get hold of the mayor.
Samwu’s national office bearers will intervene next week.