samwu thumb medium80 78City Press reports that talks are under way to find a solution after the Msukaligwa municipality in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, fired 200 workers who went on an illegal strike.  

The members of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) had been staging sporadic strikes every pay day over the past five months.  They were complaining about non-payment of overtime and other allowances.  On 21 October they allegedly sabotaged the water and electricity supply to residents and businesses.  Msukaligwa spokesperson Mandla Zwane indicated that the sheriff has this week been serving the workers with dismissal letters.  The municipality and Samwu met on Wednesday in order to find a solution.  However, Samwu also said in a statement that the municipality’s action was “harsh, unfair and illegal” because the workers did not undergo any disciplinary process.  It added that the workers went on strike because the municipality failed to pay third parties, including the workers’ union subscription fees, and also failed to provide them with protective equipment.


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