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SAMWU Distances itself from Service Disruptions

  • Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:03
02 March 2017

The South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) wishes to distance itself from the disruption of services, particularly those of waste collection in and around Johannesburg CBD yesterday. It has since come to our attention that this were Jozi@Work participants involved. We condemn the intimidation directed at our members and workers in general by the participants.
Our position on Jozi@Work and programmes similar to this such as the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) and the Community Works Programme (CWP) has long been made clear. Our opposition to these programmes are guided by our ideological posture coupled with our congress resolutions that we will oppose the delivery of municipal services through the tendering system, institutionalization and privatisation.

SAMWU holds a view that municipal services should be rendered by people who are directly and permanently employed by municipalities. This would not only strengthen bargaining power of workers but would also ensure that workers and participants of such programmes are protected by the country's Labour Laws and that they will have job security unlike what we already see through these programmes.

We have noted that municipalities are no longer investing in staff development, hiring more staff and capacitating workers but instead they are using these programmes for the delivery of basic services.

In as much as we are opposed to these programmes, we believe that there should have been proper and negotiated processes that would see the phasing out of these programmes. Again we have seen how the mayor of Johannesburg has exposed himself to lack understanding of Local Government by taking decisions which would impact workers without prior consultation.

Jozi@Work participants should be directly employed by the City as these programmes are exploitative in nature and are slavery of a special kind.

Our doors are open for Jozi@Work participants but our support to them would be limited to helping them in the quest for permanent employment by the City and not continuation of these exploitative programmes.

As we mark our 30th anniversary this year, we will ensure that municipalities no longer continue with such programmes but employ people on a permanent basis as we have seen with some municipalities in Limpopo and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Issued by SAMWU Johannesburg Region

Bafana Zungu

Regional Secretary

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Thomas Lebea

Deputy Regional Secretary

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