durbanDaily News reports that municipal workers in several key functions shut down parts of the Durban city centre on Thursday as their anger over salary hikes given to Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) veterans showed no signs of abating.  

Roads leading to the city hall were blocked by municipal trucks from the water and sanitation department and the solid waste and electricity units in a repeat of Tuesday's protest.  Workers reportedly abandoned their trucks on main arterial roads leading to the city.  Motorists in the city centre were faced with massive gridlocks as hundreds of city workers converged on city hall.  Meantime, the eThekwini Municipality said it was reviewing the salaries of MK Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) members and called on striking workers to abandon their protest.  The veterans, who were hired as general assistants in the water department last year, started earning R9,000 month, but were due to be bumped up to R20,000 from this month.  This angered other workers in the department who were not given the same increases.  “In view of the current situation, the city has decided to halt the process of engaging 55 employees pertaining to task grade 10.  This is to allow a thorough review of this process and to conduct an analysis of the impact of this decision to be concluded within 30 days,” said city manager Sipho Nzuza.  He was due to address employees at the city hall on Thursday.


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