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The dispute which has been discussed at the Bargaining Council by South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) leadership of the eThekwini Municipality has been resolved amicably thus ending a two weeks long impasse which has unfortunately impacted negatively on the delivery of services to communities.
It is good news that as from today, employees will go back to work and all the working equipment and tools of trade will be released, this includes the vehicles that have been impounded. Parties have overwhelmingly agreed that the disciplinary process must immediately ensue and perpetrators be brought to book without fear or favour.
According to the Bargaining Council, the employer is also committed to improve the conditions of employees in lower levels especially those in Grade 03 and Grade 04. It should also be noted that all parties have agreed in opening up discussion on all issues affecting employees at the workplace and the employer has committed to prioritise and address issues affecting employees in the interest of service delivery.
All parties have apologised to the public, residents and visitors who have suffered during this long impasse and committed to work together around the clock to normalise the situation.