South African Municipal Workers Union

An injury to one is an injury to all


Support the Midrand Workers: In Dispute Since 1994! Twenty Years of Struggle for Jobs and Against Corruption! 



16 August 2013



In 1994 at the dawn of our democracy, more than 500 municipal workers employed by Midrand Council went on strike against corruption and nepotism. As a result they were dismissed, and cast out into the wilderness of a post-apartheid South Africa without a cent to their names. Since that time, in a remarkable show of solidarity and self-reliance, the workers have continued to campaign for jobs, and for a thorough investigation into the corruption they fought against. Today these workers would be regarded as heroes. Back then they were treated like common criminals. Midrand Council was subject to reorganisation in 1997, and its responsibilities were handed over to Joburg City Council.


Three years ago, the remaining 283 workers, (many of the original workforce has passed away or retired) have miraculously continued to meet and support one another, and asked SAMWU to try and  agree a settlement with Joburg City Council for their absorption into Joburg, and for an investigation into their pension entitlements.  Not a single worker has received their pension entitlement in this period.


Initially the Council was sympathetic, under the Mayoral-ship of Amos Masondo, a joint process was established to verify the workers concerned, and examine possibilities for their absorption.  Unfortunately, under a new City leadership, a resolution of this issue has been denied, and the sharing of information and reports with SAMWU has ceased, despite an agreement to the contrary.


An opportunity for the City Council to show itself to be a humane and caring people-centred local government, is in danger of being lost!  We urge the City to listen to its constituents, and put an end to the most unimaginable hardship workers anywhere have experienced.  


On Thursday 22nd August at 10.00am the Midrand Workers and their families will be gathering near Mary Fitzgerald Square to march to the Metro Centre to deliver a Memorandum demanding that the City engage with SAMWU for the absorption of these workers, and to end their years of extreme poverty and deprivation.


The assembly point for the march is the NUMSA Car Park, behind the NUMSA HEAD OFFICE 153 Bree Street Corner Gerard Sekoto, in Newtown at 09.00am




SAMWU calls upon all of those comrades and friends who gave such hearty support to the Midrand comrades during May Day earlier this year, to make every effort to be with the Midrand Workers and their families on August 22nd, to reinforce their demands and to say to the Joburg City Council ‘Absorb the Midrand Workers: Be on the side of Anti-corruption : Twenty Years is Long Enough!


The march will be led by SAMWU and COSATU leadership, and all Unions and Friends supporting the demands of the workers are welcome to join.


Twenty Years is Long Enough!  Fill Council Vacancies! Absorb the Valiant Midrand Workers!


For more information contact: Stephen Faulkner SAMWU National Official on (0828175455) or Stanley Molope Midrand Workers Convenor on (0762419767)




Issued by;


Tahir Sema.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU
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