strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that the Msukaligwa Local Municipality (Ermelo) in Mpumalanga has terminated the contracts of over 200 employees for taking part in an illegal strike.  

The employees downed tools over a task grade dispute, protective clothing allowances and office space, which left parts of Ermelo dysfunctional for days.  On 27 October, the municipality applied for an interim court order from the Labour Court informing employees not to participate in an illegal and unlawful strike.  But on 23 November, the employees continued with the strike they had started.  According to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), talks with the employer were ongoing and, if successful, "workers are expected to resume work on Monday, December 5".


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