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newsGroundUp reports that municipal workers returned to work in Port St Johns on Monday after an on-off strike that lasted seven months‚ leaving the town strewn with garbage.  

They had been on an intermittent strike since last year‚ demanding the dismissal of the municipal manager and the implementation of wage promises they said were not kept.  SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) spokesperson Andile Bara said the problems started in 2013 when seven Samwu shop stewards were fired after a strike over wages.  The workers returned to work after a meeting between Samwu‚ representatives of the Department of Cooperative Governance‚ the municipality and the tourism industry.  The workers were promised that their grievances would be investigated.  The strike had left the scenic coastal tourist town looking like a rubbish dump.  Businesses in the town have complained about the condition of the streets, with one owner saying:  “Tourists just drive through and you cannot blame them.  Who wants to stay in this filthy town?”  Another manager said it would take the town a long time to recover.

  • Read this report by Asanda Maliwa and Wara Fana in full at GroundUp

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