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COSATU Calls for Rejection of MAP Upper Limits

  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018 10:37
COSATU Free State calls on COGTA to reject the MAP Municipal Council Resolution on upper limits

COSATU Free State has learned with shock that the Maluti A Phofung Municipal Council passed the Resolution to adopt and implement the Upper Limits Guidelines for salaries and benefits for Councillors at the height of municipal debt.

We are well aware of the fact that MAP Municipality owes Eskom some R 2 billion and some R 235 millions to MAP Water. The council has however during these best of times chosen to increase their own perks and benefits whilst the workers continue to be buried as paupers due to the fact that their monies for benefits have not been paid as part of the growing tendency of non-payment of third parties by the Municipality.

We hereby make a clarion call to COGTA not to approve the MAP Water Council Resolution as it is quite selfish and self centred for the Council to approve such a resolution during the strike for equal pay for equal work where workers are still being paid.

We call on the whole of Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality council to focus on issues of service delivery to the residents and to address critical issues like provision of electricity, water and maintenance of roads infrastructure within the various black community residential areas. We would like the Council to prioritise the communities they serve rather than prioritising themselves especially during critical times like this.

As COSATU we know for the fact that the major part of the decisions made which brought us to this situation at the Municipality has been poor quality political leadership of the municipality as well as poor quality management in the Municipality. We will neither allow nor tolerate a situation whereby workers become sacrificial lambs for the wrongdoing of the powerful who continue to earn huge salaries!

This action by the Council has also illustrated in clear terms that the Municipality does have money and we would thus be pushing in earnest that the demands of the workers should be met. Workers who do the same job for the same employer should be remunerated at the same level.

Issued by COSATU Free State
Enquiries Provincial Secretary Monyatso oa Mahlatsi @ 010 219 1373 or 076 115 9923