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SAMWU Statement on the Relocation of the Office of the Speaker

  • Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:58
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.
Workers at the Speaker’s Office have raised a number of issues including the fact that they were never consulted about the proposed move, it was only after picketing and their refusal to be relocated without proper consultation that the employer called a meeting to hear workers’ grievances which are still to be addressed.

We remain convinced that the proposed move was ill-conceived and did not take into account the needs of the community or workers particularly those dealing directly with communities such as ward committees, this coupled with the fact that some workers in the new building are treated as visitors in their own place of work.

We are also concerned that this ill-conceived move would see an increase in the outsourcing of services particularly messenger and cleaning services. Whats even worrying more is that the appointed service provider has been granted permission by the City to discipline Tshwane workers even though there is no contract of employment between the City’s employees and the service provider.

SAMWU remains opposed to the privatization of municipal services and as such will not allow our members to be subjected to such conditions. We however remain hopeful that engagements between parties will result in an amicable solution being found on the 15th of June as promised.

In the mean time we urge Solly Msimang to stop using workers’ demands for scoring political score and that he should further familiarize himself with processes involved in local government particularly when decisions change conditions of employment of workers.

Issued by SAMWU Tshwane Region

Mpho Tladinyane

Regional Secretary

083 941 5888 / 082 328 3413

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