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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

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

SAMWU members march to press their demands about numerous grievances

South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) members march on Midvaal municipal offices to press their demands about numerous grievances, including irregular bidding and outsourcing. Spokesperson Papikie Mohale “said SAMWU’s memorandum of demands would include allegations of maladministration in the municipality, irregular awarding of tenders, irregular appointment of attorneys for the council, racism, sexual harassment, flawed recruitment processes, outsourcing, and the use of labour brokers in the municipality.”

Source: The Citizen

SAMWU Mangaung on Full Blown Strike

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) Mangaung engages in a full blown strike. Among their demands: to “deal away with outsourcing and privatization of municipal services in all departments, e.g. Finance (Metering Section), Water & Sanitation Section (Plumbing/ maintenance), Centlec (utilization of Ikageng Private Electrical Company to maintain streetlight and installation of electricity pre–paid meters), Solid Waste Division (utilization of private companies for refuse removal), Fleet Management Division (unrepaired compaction vehicle due to utilization of private companies).” The workers have also protested “victimization of Centlec employees and silencing of the union by charging shop stewards.”

Source: www.samwu.org.za

The South African Municipal Workers Union calls for insourcing of municipal security

Citing “shocking” spending numbers on private security, the South African Municipal Workers Union calls for insourcing of municipal security in eThekwini. Simon Mathe, SAMWU’s General Secretary, says “security services for municipal assets will always be required by municipalities hence there is no need to outsource this service. Municipalities should directly employ people who will be responsible for this service on a permanent basis. The outsourcing of services like these and others in municipalities has resulted in a situation wherein workers are continually exploited by the tenderpreneurs who are not interested in service delivery but their own pockets.”

Source: peopleoverprof.it

COSATU and South African Municipal Workers Union denounce call for the privatization of Pikitup

COSATU, along with the South African Municipal Workers Union, denounces DA Gauteng’s call for the privatization of Pikitup, the official integrated waste management service provider to Johannesburg. “The privatization of Pikitup will be tantamount to government outsourcing its developmental mandate to the private sector. Privatization will detrimentally affect the socio-economic interests of the poor, which includes workers and the working class in general. It will lead to decreased and inferior quality services for the poor, since they cannot afford to pay for the services provided by or through private interests. It will lead to higher prices for the provision of basic services, which will adversely affect the poor. It will limit the extension of basic social and municipal services to the poor.”

Source: www.cosatu.org.za