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strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that the strike over salaries and other benefits by disgruntled West Rand District Municipality workers entered its fifth week on Monday, with no end in sight.  

Bongani Mgcina, SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) chairperson in the municipality, said their strike was continuing and that no services would be rendered until their medical aid premiums, pension fund contributions and other benefits had been fully paid, with interest.  On Friday, workers again received their salaries without benefits, which was the third month this had happened.  The municipality invested R77m into the now liquidated VBS Mutual Bank, leaving it with serious financial problems.  According to the workers, the district municipality was given R7.5m by neighbouring municipalities of Mogale City, Rand West and Merafong to pay salaries.  "Our struggle continues," said Pitso Mogole, West Rand secretary of the Democratic Municipal Allied Workers Union of SA.  However, Mogole added:  "No service will be rendered.  We have guarantees that, in December, we will be paid our salaries.  On December 3, the municipality will receive its equitable share (of its VBS investment) which will pay our salaries and backpay our third parties with interests.”

  • Read the full original report by Ntwaagae Seleka at News24

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