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samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) on Friday tabled a list of grievances to back up its plan of mobilising members to stage a protest against the Johannesburg city council.  

While not announcing a date for the campaign, regional secretary Bafana Zungu said the grievances included failure to repay the union membership subscriptions dating back to last August; a dispute in the bargaining forum over employees’ performance management and effective delivery of service to communities; the use of external attorneys and consultants at exorbitant fees and less use of employed staff; failure by the city to act on corruption; and the billing crisis.  On the current Metrobus strike, Zungu said Samwu members would not participate in the labour action “but will not go to work for fear of being attacked by those on strike”.  Elaborating on the planned Samwu protest, he said the shop-stewards and the campaign committee on the ground was ready and mobilising for the strike, which would include most sectors of the municipality such as clinics, libraries, Joburg Water, municipal police and Pikitup, among others.  The City said it had received no notice of the intended strike.


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