newsThe Star reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has vowed to fight threats by the Rand West City Local Municipality to dismiss over 700 employees for their protracted illegal strike.  

Employees in the embattled municipality have been on strike since late August over salary increases which they say the municipality has failed to put into effect.  The salary increments relate to the categorisation of the municipality to a higher grade, after the Westonaria and Randfontein municipalities merged to form Rand West in 2016.  That in in turn resulted in the increase of pay scales of employees.  Following almost a month of the unprotected strike, which crippled service delivery, the municipality said it was planning to send letters of dismissal to individual employees starting on Monday.  The union, however, claimed top executives effected increments only for themselves, and left out other workers.  The municipality obtained a court order against Samwu in which its members were instructed to stop the strike and go back to work.  “We are complying with that order.  Our members will be resuming duty and allowing us space as leadership to continue,” Samwu general secretary Koena Ramotlou indicated.  Samwu regional secretary Kgosi Breedt defended the strike as a “protest action” by workers.  “There is no strike in the municipality.  It is just a protest action,” he said.

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