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joburgcityThe Sunday Independent reports that the City of Johannesburg (COJ) has been accused by the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Unions (Imatu) of negotiating in bad faith.  

The union’s Mark-Lee Gericke claimed the COJ, which employs librarians, library assistants and general workers at about 100 public libraries under Library and Information Services (LIS), had “not at all” negotiated in good faith when a settlement that the two parties entered into on 6 November last year was violated by the COJ.  The settlement had aimed to resolve a long-standing dispute regarding overtime pay, mainly for workers at the Johannesburg City Library (JCL), and a strike by workers at public libraries was averted.  Gericke said Imatu was now “certainly considering” a strike.  Following about 18 months of a back-and-forth dispute between workers at public libraries and LIS officials concerning overtime pay and working conditions, especially at the JCL, staff sent a letter dated 13 March to the city manager, Dr Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni to express their concerns.  These included the full reimbursement of salaries docked since September/October last year after workers refused to work on Saturdays without commensurate pay.  But, workers did not send the letter to Imatu because they lost faith in the union’s ability to help them resolve their dispute with the city satisfactorily.

  • Read the full original of Sipho Mabaso’s report on this story on page 5 of The Sunday Independent of 14 April 2019

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