CT prepared for possible municipal workers’ strike

The City of Cape Town on Friday said it has contingency plans in place, should municipal workers down tools.

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is currently considering a strike.

Union officials were in meetings on Friday to discuss the possibility, as workers are apparently unhappy that the Municipal Systems Amendment Bill has been passed.

The legislation aims to de-politicise local government.

Samwu threatened to strike just days before the local government elections in May, because it opposed a clause in the bill that says party officer bearers may not hold top council jobs.

The city’s Kylie Hatton said they are prepared should the union’s 200,000 members decide to go ahead with industrial action.

“Obviously we’ll monitor the situation quite carefully and in the event that a strike or a dispute is declared, the City of
Cape Town will put standard strike contingency measures in place,” she said.

She added, “We will monitor developments closely, particularly in the bargaining council at Salga (the South Africa Local Government Association) but nothing has been confirmed at this stage or possible municipal workers strike.”



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