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nelsonmandelabayGroundUp reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan (NMBM) municipal workers called off their strike on Friday after an agreement was reached on back-pay of long-service bonuses.  

Contention over back-pay followed the merger of several municipalities into the NMBM municipality.  According to city manager Johann Mettler, the settlement reached provided for “R10,000 for employees with 12 to 17 years, R16,000 for employees with 18 to 23 years, and R21,000 for those employees with service of 24 years and more”.  The bonuses will be paid after Council approval which will come by 15 July at the latest.  Certain other issues were also agreed upon.  The workers were represented by the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu).  Most services in the metro came to a halt as the strike gained momentum.  The service most affected was refuse collection.  All employees who participated in the industrial action will return to work on Monday unless they are officially on duty over the weekend.

  • Read this report by Joseph Chirume and GroundUp Staff in full at GroundUp

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