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nelsonmandelabayNews24 reports that services in Nelson Mandela Bay have been severely affected as the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) strike action deepened on Friday.  

The union gave notice of the strike on Wednesday evening.  The workers started striking on Thursday and marched on the city hall on Friday to hand over their memorandum of grievances.  They have given the municipality until Monday to respond.  The primary demand seems to relate to outstanding long service back pay of R30,000, which is apparently owed from the time when the former Uitenhage, Despatch and Port Elizabeth municipalities merged to form Nelson Mandela Bay in 2000.  Other demands include the lifting of all suspensions that have been in place for more than three months, payment of all outstanding overtime, immediately absorption of contract workers and for the municipality to stop ‘wasting taxpayers' money on legal practitioners’.  Traffic and driving licence centres, consumer care centres and refuse collection services are among services that have been affected.  Isolated incidents of intimidation have been reported.

  • Read this report by Derrick Spies in full at News24
  • Read too, Striking Nelson Mandela Bay municipal workers set out demands, at The Citizen
  • Watch a video entitled PE workers take to the streets to demand R75m in bonuses, at eNCA

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