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randwaterThe Citizen reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has warned of possible water shortages ahead of an indefinite strike at Rand Water, starting on 13 May.

The union said it could not guarantee running water to residents and industries in the Gauteng, North West, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces. “What we can all do is pray for rain as that will be the only guaranteed source of water during the strike action,” Samwu said in a statement. The union had decided in April to strike, citing the removal of incentive bonuses and changes to service conditions. The strike was initially suspended to allow for further engagements following proceedings at the Labour Court. According to the union, seven days after the ruling of the Labour Court, the matter was heard at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), where a certificate of non-resolution was issued. “This essentially is workers’ license to go on strike,” the union indicated. Rand Water spokesperson Teboho Joala said they did not anticipate any disruptions to their daily operations as essential service employees would have to report for duty. The utility will be meeting with Samwu on Monday to ascertain which employees will be going on strike.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Reitumetse Makwea at The Citizen

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