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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.
SAMWU as revolutionary trade union which seeks to defend the interest of the working class will not allow a situation where more than five thousand workers will face joblessness. We will also not keep quite where workers are not paid what is due to them. SAMWU has since referred the matter to the Bargaining Council and it will be heard on 22 June 2017 at SALGBC offices situated at the corner of Pretorius and Hill Street at 09h00.

Unilateral restructuring and Purging of employees

There is a growing tendency by the management of the City of Tshwane to disregard bargaining processes and resort to unilateral restructuring. SAMWU has since learned that the City has an agreement to outsource disciplinary cases at Tshwane house to their landlord. Currently there is a process to purge all those employees who were attached to Political Offices. This reflect a City that is not sure what and how things are to be done. It is very clear that this actions are done deliberately to create instability and later blame such on SAMWU

Picketing by Emergency services workers

SAMWU has noted the crisis within the Emergency Services Department which has led to declining standards and reduced ability to render services to the residents of the City of Tshwane. All this things are happening courtesy of Ms Joan De Beer who is the chief architect of the current crisis. Ms Joan De Beer has also been fingered by a Forensic report to have been involved in corrupt practices but because of her proximity to political leadership, nothing has been done. Workers are forced to drive roadworthy vehicles on daily basis and the department canot even provide PPE for its staff. Workers will be picketing at Tshwane House from 12h00 – 14h00.

Noting the said challenges, SAMWU will therefore be delivering a memorandum to the City Manager to highlight all this challenges and further demand that the City acts positively in addressing such. The memorandum will cover amongst other things the following:

1. That all EPWP workers be absorbed permanently in the City of Tshwane

2. Unilateral restructuring

3. Purging of workers in Political Offices

4. Equal pay for work of equal value

5. Suspension of Joan de Beer

6. Outsourcing of disciplinary cases

7. Utilization of Metro Police as securities

Issued by SAMWU Tshwane Region

Mpho Tladinyane

Regional Secretary

083 941 5888 / 082 328 3413