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Why public municipal workers have gone on strike?

South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) Port Elizabeth regional chairperson, Nomvula Hadi has explained why public municipal workers have gone on strike. “These included disputes over which workers qualify for allowances, insourcing of long-term contract workers, and the municipality bringing lawyers to disciplinary hearings, reinstatement of suspended workers.”

Source: GroundUp News

SAMWU members embarked on a lunchtime picket

South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) members embarked on a lunchtime picket outside Sol Plaatje Municipality in Northwest Province. “Union members stated that overtime payments for fire brigade workers was outstanding since 2014 and they are also calling for all contract workers to be employed on a permanent basis.”

Source: DFA

The City of Johannesburg is insourcing the jobs of 1,400 municipal contract workers

The City of Johannesburg is insourcing the jobs of 1,400 municipal contract workers who were formerly employed under the municipality's Jozi@Work programme. “This follows a successful meeting the City held on Wednesday, with the South African Municipal Workers Unions (Samwu), Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), as well as the City's waste-management entity, Pikitup, which decided that some former Jozi@Work employees would be employed directly by the City. Mshaba said that these workers would be employed on a permanent basis and would see their earnings increase from R2,200 to R6,000 per month.”

Source: www.iol.co.za