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newsTerry Bell writes that nearly 24 years down the line, a number of former Midrand municipal workers who were controversially sacked after a strike in 1994, might be getting their jobs back.  

There are reportedly about 280 workers left of the 500 who downed tools in 1994.  The workers have maintained throughout that the prime reason for their dismissal was that they demanded action against corrupt practices within the council at the time.  On Tuesday, a number of the surviving strikers will present their documents to the Johannesburg City Council, following discussions on re-employment.  Vacancies for general workers and drivers will apparently be filled by the former strikers.  However, the group is still arguing that their treatment, along with the alleged withholding or misappropriation of pension monies, should be investigated.  On Wednesday, representatives of the workers will meet with investigators to provide what they say is documentary evidence that they were defrauded of benefits.  The Financial Services Board has instituted an inquiry into the former Transvaal Municipal Retirement Fund and Joint Municipal Fund.

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