South Africa’s northern province, Limpopo, is bracing for yet another municipal strike organised next week by the ‘indefatigable’ South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).
The provincial capital Polokwane is expected to come to a standstill on July 10, when thousands of disgruntled employees will descend on its streets from 8am to sing and dance and hand over a memorandum to provincial authorities.
The decision to embark on a protected strike action has been made after various engagements with the management of the municipality did not yield any positive results, spokesperson Tahir Sema said this week.
The union accuses municipal authorities of not keeping their promises on everything that was agreed upon in the past.
“We have tried our level best to co-operate but the management is simply not willing to meet us halfway. They have randomly charged our members, especially in the Water and Purification departments,” Sema explained.
The union’s demands include, among others:
• The absorption of temporary workers as R20 million (US$2 million) has been set aside for this purpose
• The finalisation of the organogramme and placement of staff
• The supply of protective clothing and better salaries.
“The Management of Polokwane municipality is a thorn in the side of genuine progress made by the political component. Our members are ready and mobilised to embark on strike action,” Sema said, adding that the union remains open to any engagements with a view of averting the strike.