Friday 21 July 2017

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On Tuesday the 12th July 2017, The South African Municipal Workers’ Union engaged the GED of Corporate Services and other key stakeholders of the City Of Johannesburg. The intention of holding the aforementioned discussions was to gain clarity, on a unilateral decision taken by the municipality with regards to the subscriptions which SAMWU leadership was unaware of.

Subsequently an article was published making claims of a ‘hostage’ situation involving SAMWU, and further alluding to the ‘unconstitutional’ appointment of the incumbent leadership related to this matter. SAMWU would like to unequivocally state that the above claims are false. The meeting held with GED was held to rectify issues concerning LLF subscriptions, policies and investments of SAMWU members.

In the pursuit of the best interests of the worker, the union is aware of channels and procedures available in order to remedy any grievance and would not resort to illicit tactics.

The Union would like to distance itself from these false claims, but would like to assure the worker that an amicable resolution will be reached which will as per our mandate put the worker first. In conclusion, the meeting between SAMWU and the City of Johannesburg adjourned peacefully on both days.

Bafana Zungu

Regional Secretary (JHB)

079 298 5577

30 June 2017

South African Municipal Workers Union, Tshwane Region has noted the recent media statement of the City of Tshwane dated 29 June 2017 on the appointment of section 56 managers. The City of Tshwane indicated identified candidates to fill key positions in order to stabilize the administration. Amongst positions identified to be filled were those of Chief Operations Officer and Chief of Emergency. SAMWU is happy that Ms Joan De Beer was not confirmed by Council and instead Mr Previn Govender was affirmed by Council.

SAMWU Distances itself from Mangaung Fire

  • Thursday, 22 June 2017 08:30
22 June 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with disappointment, shock and anger that the Mangaung City Hall was set alight yesterday evening. We are further concerned that there are those who have began pointing fingers at workers at the municipality, particularly our members.

SAMWU to Picket in Tshwane Today

  • Thursday, 22 June 2017 08:27
22 June 2017

Arbitration case of EPWP members

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in Tshwane has noted with disappointment the attitude and treatment meted out to EPWP workers by the City of Tshwane. The City has replaced permanent staff with EPWP workers but continue to subject them to slave working conditions. Of major concern to SAMWU is that workers have been selling their labour for the last six months but they have not been paid their salaries. Their sin was to refuse to sign fixed term contracts which was changing their conditions of service. The said process was discriminatory and political since those who are aligned to the Executive Mayor and his party have been paid even though they have not signed contracts.
14 June 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes with disappointment the recent media utterances by the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimang in which he alleged that issues raised by workers in respect of relocation to Tshwane house is a political plot. SAMWU as mandate driven organization will never alloy people such as Solly Msimang to relegate genuine workers’ concerns as side issues. The mayor should know that time for politicking is over and that energy and attention should be directed at ensuring that residents of Tshwane receive services and also attending to issues of workers without victimizing and isolating workers.
14 June 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) SAMWU has over a the last 12 months been raising challenges at Emergency Services Department (ESD) especially against the current Strategic Executive Director, Ms Joan De Beer.

Issued raised by workers include;

01 June 2017

We the members of South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) have gathered here today after patiently banging and knocking at the door of the employer to open the doors of engagements between organised labour and the employer. We have assembled here inspired by the generation that formed and established this glorious trade union movement, the spear of the municipal workers 30 years ago. Our forebears had inspirations that SAMWU was to be beacon of hope for the municipal workers and the working class at large.

01 June 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) held a successful march on the 31st May at the Maluti-A-Phofung municipality in the Free State Province. The purpose of the march was to deliver a memorandum of demands to the municipality following demands of workers which are yet to be addressed.

Workers in the municipality demanded the following;


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