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EmfuleniThe Star reports that at least 624 employees, graded between levels 2 and 6, have initiated labour disputes against the Emfuleni municipality.  

Municipal spokesperson Stanley Gaba confirmed the cases were still ongoing at the Labour Court, with no settlement having been made.  He advised that the municipality might have to pay close to R200 million if things go against it in court.  “However, it must be indicated the parties involved in this matter might enter into a settlement agreement that could see the municipality paying out much less than this amount,” Gaba pointed out.  He would not comment on the cause of the labour disputes.  In a response to a question by Kingsol Chabalala, the DA’s constituency head for Emfuleni in the provincial legislature, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Lebogang Maile said four law firms were being used for these disputes.  According to Maile’s response, the municipality spent more than R238m in 2016/17 when the matters were presented at an arbitration hearing.  Chabalala expressed concern over the millions being splurged on the labour disputes and called on Maile “to investigate the reasons why this municipality is having continuous labour issues with its employees and to ascertain whether the proper labour legislation and code of conduct is followed to the tee”.  Speaking at a recent media briefing, Maile referred to a forensic report that indicated that some officials from the municipality were implicated in the looting of funds.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Gift Tlou at The Star

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