CapeTownlogoEWN reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) on Monday again warned City of Cape Town bosses against firing more than 500 firefighters who took part in an illegal strike in 2019.

They were demonstrating against long working hours and the City’s pay structure. In 2020, the matter landed up in court and it was ruled that the current shift and allowance system were valid. According to the City, a disciplinary process is still currently underway relating to the events of 2019. Samwu, on the other hand, raised concerns last week that over 500 workers might be fired. The union's Mike Khumalo said they would march to the Civic Centre on 1 May. He indicated that one of the main concerns was the 24-hour shifts which firefighters worked. “The firefighters are still working the 24-hour shifts; the courts said go back and engage with the view to get a new agreement, but the city said they’re not prepared to hear the union,” Khumalo claimed. He said it was clear that the City did not want to negotiate a new agreement. “That clearly shows that the city’s intention is to dismiss these workers,” he opined.

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