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SaftuThe Citizen reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is set to flex its muscles again and mobilise millions to hit the streets, this time over the outsourcing of municipal workers.  

Members of Samwu and other trade unions have been lobbying for an end to the outsourcing of jobs such as cleaners, security guards and landscapers at Gauteng local government entities since last year.  But, several meetings between officials and workers have produced little progress in this regard, according to the federation.  The campaign, Outsourcing Must Fall, has kicked off again and workers have given government one more week to resolve the issue.  Saftu national organiser Lebohang Panyeko said that, if this demand was not met, the federation would embark on a four-day strike.  Gauteng MPL Joe Mpisi addressed a 300-strong crowd protesting outside the Gauteng legislature on Wednesday and promised that worker issues would be addressed in a meeting within a week.  Mpisi commented:  “We are giving them the benefit of the doubt that they will meet their commitment.  They are saying they will bring all state departments and the municipalities around Gauteng to discuss the issues of outsourcing.”

  • Read this report by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni in full at The Citizen

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