Some South African Municipal Workers Union striking members in Sasolburg vow not to back off.
This after Metsimaholo Municipality issued an ultimatum that unless municipal employees return to work, they could face disciplinary action from Monday. According to Samwu’s local chairperson, Sandla Mahlathi, some of their members received termination of contract letters from the municipality on Thursday.
Mahlathi said none of their members were arrested during this week and explained that the arrests were due to criminal activities taking placing in Zamdela, in Sasolburg. Fifty-nine people, including six minors, have been arrested on charges of public violence.
Mahlathi emphasized that they haven’t received any written communication from the municipality regarding the ultimatum.
“The challenge is that we have is that the municipality is distancing themselves. They are not opening up a room for negotiations since the strike commenced,” he said.
Meanwhile, earlier this month Samwu announced that they submitted another notice to strike which would have commenced within seven to 14 days. Workers claim the municipality has failed to heed their complaints, relating to the filling of vacant posts, as temporary employees don’t receive first preference.
Metsimaholo has been hit by a number of strikes and service delivery protests since last year. Two municipal buildings were torched during strikes in July last year.