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nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that striking municipal workers torched dustbins, littered streets in the Port Elizabeth city centre with rubbish and barred those who were at work from leaving the municipal buildings on Tuesday as their protest entered its sixth day.  

The police had their hands full trying to prevent destruction to property, but the frustration of the workers was palpable.  No arrests were made.  Members of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) are striking over back pay for long-service bonuses, demanding that 2,689 municipal workers each be paid a R30,000 settlement.  The demand stems from money owed to them after the former Uitenhage, Despatch and Port Elizabeth municipalities merged to form Nelson Mandela Bay in 2000.  In Samwu’s list of grievances, the workers alleged that staff in the infrastructure and engineering department were sidelined on training and also complained that the municipality was wasting taxpayers’ money on highly paid legal practitioners when it had its own legal department.  The City Council was due to meet on Wednesday and union leaders said they hopes it would decide to give workers what they wanted and put an end to the strike.  Imatu and Samwu distanced themselves from the destruction and violent incidents.

  • Read more of this HeraldLive report by Naziziphiwo Buso at SA Labour News

Read too, PE municipal workers threaten to intensify strike, at GroundUp

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