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22 May 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes with disappointment the popularity contest paraded by the ANC Youth League in the Free State as a press conference wherein the league took swipe at workers who are currently on strike at the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality while further relegating workers’ demands as side issues.

SAMWU Intensifies Mangaung Strike

  • Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:30
18 May 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) will be intensifying its strike action at the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality. The intensification of the strike action follows the arrogance of the employer which have led to todays’ Special Local Labor Forum (LLF) collapsing. When we embarked on this industrial action, we made it clear that we would not be returning to our workstations until all our demands were met. Today’s LLF could not agree on anything as the employer was unwilling to negotiate with us in good faith, including the fact that they could not concede where they have erred on issues of law, issues which do not need negotiations but implementation. Members of the community have therefore been mobilized to join the strike action as issues which have been raised by workers directly affect them. We will soldier on and not retreat until all demands have been met.

SAMWU Mangaung on Full Blown Strike

  • Tuesday, 16 May 2017 08:24
16 May 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in Mangaung has served the employer with the intention to go on a full blown strike. As of 16 May, workers at the municipality have withdrawn their labour until such time that their demands are met.

Workers demands include;

SAMWU History Project : John Ernstzen

  • Monday, 15 May 2017 08:55
John Ernstzen was the first general secretary of SAMWU. He played a key role in building up SAMWU. At the age of 22 in 1962 John was employed by the Cape Town City Council as a laborer in the Parks and Forest Department. In the same year, he joined the Cape Town Municipal Workers Association (CTMWA).John together with other comrades transformed the CTMWA into active democratic and non-racial union.

In 1968 he was elected as the full-time General Secretary of CTMWA. Under his leadership the CTMWA joined UDF and became active in the unity talk that eventually led to the formation of COSATU in 1985. John served in the first COSATU CEC and NEC in 1985.When SAMWU was formed on COSATU instructions in 1987, the CTMWA become a key component of the new union and John was elected as the first General Secretary of SAMWU. After 1994, John became a special Advisor to the Ministry for Public Service and Administration and served on various boards.

Media Invite: SAMWU Media Briefing 11 May

  • Wednesday, 10 May 2017 13:05
10 May 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in Ekurhuleni will be holding a media briefing on the state of the Ekuruleni Municipality which in our view has become dysfunctional and being treated as though it is a personal property of certain individuals. Issues to be addressed include;
The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) Greater Johannesburg will be holding a mass general meeting on Thursday 11 May 2017 at the Bayers Naude Square (Library Gardens). Following the general meeting, SAMWU members will be delivering a memorandum of demands to the City. Our demands include

SAMWU History Project : Richard Spalding

  • Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:00

The late Richard Spalding, pictured above, was born 06 August 1963. He played a central role in the formation and growth of the SA Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU). Spalding was well-known for standing up for the rights of municipal workers during SAMWU formative years. He was one of the first SAMWU shop stewards in the then Johannesburg City Council (JCC).

Spalding worked at the Cas Mia Old age home in Hillbrow. He represented the then Transvaal in national executive committee meetings during SAMWU formative years. At the JCC, Spalding and his fellow comrades had to confront the apartheid municipality whose aim was to smash the union- SAMWU.

The JCC security department, now Metro Police Department, spied on union activities by attending SAMWU meeting, disguised as members. The surveillance of union meetings and its key leadership led to attacks on the leaders and their homes by the JCC security department. Spalding and his family survived one of these attacks on his home. However, these attacks never discouraged Spalding. He continued to build SAMWU. Spalding also contributed to the merger of three other unions within the JCC to form the country’s biggest branch of SAMWU. By SAMWU History Project

10 May 2017

The South African Municipal Workers Union has learned with shock and utter dismay about the alleged sexual harassment and ill-treatment conduct of Sekhukhune District Municipality ‘s Director of Co-operates services Mr Phakane Phahalmohlaka. The alleged sex pest has for a very long time treated the municipality as his personal fiefdom wantonly ill-treating workers as well as dismissing them for flimsy and ridiculous reasons devoid of substance and facts.


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