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randwaterBL Premium reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) says it will embark on indefinite strike action at Rand Water from next week Thursday.

In April, the bulk water utility withdrew a decision not to pay performance incentive bonuses to its staff pending the outcome of a hearing at the CCMA. In return, its employees belonging to Samwu agreed to suspend their pending industrial action. In an agreement, which labour court judge André van Niekerk made an order of the court, the two parties agreed to meet at the CCMA for further engagement. Rand Water communications manager Teboho Joala reported on Monday: “We had a meeting with Samwu last week Friday (30 April) in light of the conciliation efforts chaired by CCMA at which parties did not find each other. The CCMA issued a certificate of non-resolution, which gives the union the right to go on a protected strike. We are waiting for them to give us a date where we will sit down to deal with the nitty-gritties regarding how the strike will unfold because we provide an essential service.” Most of Rand Water’s 3,000-strong workforce are essential service workers, with only about 1,000 non-essential service employees. Rand Water CEO Sipho Mosai has said that it would be “a serious offence that may even lead to dismissals” if the utility’s essential service employees downed tools. But the union warned that as its members would be going on strike, “we cannot guarantee running water to residents and industries in Gauteng, North West, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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