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nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has finally tabled an offer to its two municipal unions in an effort to break the back of the crippling strike in the city.  But this is likely to add further strain to the massive deficit the Bay is facing.  

The offer now on the table is for employees with between 12 and 17 years’ service to be paid a once-off R8,000 in backpay, those with between 18 and 23 years’ service to get R12,000 and those with 24 years’ service and more to receive R16,000.  Imatu’s Churchill Mothapo and Samwu’s Mqondisi Nodongwe confirmed they had received the offer and said they would consult their members before heading back to the bargaining table with their employer on Thursday.  The unions have been demanding that 2,689 municipal workers each be paid a R30,000 settlement for outstanding long-service bonuses.  The municipality is meanwhile seeking an urgent court interdict to compel workers to stick to the agreed picketing rules and to ensure that essential services are not disrupted.  The week-long municipal strike has paralysed services, with pockets of protests flaring up on Wednesday because of power outages.  Meanwhile, the bonus backpay dispute was the bone of contention in the council on Wednesday, and ultimately caused the meeting to collapse.

  • Read more of this report by Siyamtanda Capa, Nomazima Nkosi & Hendrick Mphande at SA Labour News
  • Read too, No deal on Wednesday in week-long Nelson Mandela Bay municipal strike, at The Citizen

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