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randwaterTimesLIVE reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has issued a certificate of non-resolution in a dispute between Rand Water and the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu).

The matter was referred to the CCMA for conciliation after the union decided to embark on a strike over a circular issued by Rand Water informing employees about the removal of incentive bonuses. Rand Water went to the labour court to interdict the strike and an agreement, which was made an order of the court, was reached in terms of which the company would withdrew its circular and the dispute would be referred to the CCMA for conciliation on 28 April. The union also suspended its strike action. Samwu’s Bafana Zungu reported that the dispute had not been able to be resolved at the CCMA meeting on Wednesday and the commissioner thereafter issued a certificate of non-resolution, thereby affording the union the right to go on a protected strike. But, late on Wednesday night, the union received a letter from Rand Water inviting the union to a meeting on Friday morning. Rand Water's Teboho Joala commented as follows: “We are continuing to engage with stakeholders to avert this situation. We hope to reach an amicable solution on the dispute. There are engagements that are taking place.” He added that Rand Water was introducing its strike management plan to address what would happen should there be a strike and he gave an assurance to customers that “taps will not run dry.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ernest Mabuza at TimesLIVE

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