The Tshwane mayor has condemned the intensifying illegal protest organised by South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) on Monday.
“This is an unlawful activity, which should be condemned in the strongest terms. The current disruption has brought the city’s services to an abrupt halt,” said Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa.
He said SAMWU was being “opportunistic” and undermined the city’s stability.
“It is concerning that flagrant violation of law and order has overshadowed sincere efforts by the metro to resolve the impasse over the demand for an 18% increase,” said Mokgalapa.
This is the third consecutive protest to take place since last week Thursday when angry Tshwane metro workers vowed to intensify their protest action if the mayor and relevant stakeholders do not increase their pay by 18% and put a stop to outsourcing services.
SAMWU workers are adamant that they do not want to hear “stories” from the metro, but demanded that they also receive an 18% salary increase as senior managers allegedly did in 2017.
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SAMWU regional secretary Mpho Tladinyane addressing the angry crowd said: “If senior managers and divisional heads could get paid a particular amount of money (increases) as permanent employees, we are also entitled to that amount of money.”
“The only thing we expect the executive mayor to tell us is when workers will get their money. Any other thing, we are not going to allow or accept as workers in this city,” Tladinyane said.
He alleged that a senior Tshwane official was paid R1.1-million, but since the increase, the official now received R1.9-million.
“Some were paid R400 000, others were paid R300 000, these are the people who earn a lot of money.”
Last week Friday, the Local Labour Forum (LLF) meeting was held where the metro together with Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) and SAMWU met in aim to resolve the matters.
Mokgalapa said instead of matters being resolved “employees have resorted to thuggery and disorderliness”.
“The individuals behind the chaos have the right to protest and express themselves freely.
“However, this should not undermine service delivery, neither should it come at the expense of residents of Tshwane suffering as a result.”
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Tshwane metro police are on the scene keeping an eye on the situation.
Due to the protest, the metro is currently facing an interruption of services at call centres and customer care offices.
A Re Yeng and Tshwane Bus Services was also suspended on Monday.
“Commuters are requested to make alternative arrangements,” said the metro.
The metro said residents are requested to report service delivery interruptions via email.
The following email addresses may be used:
Customer care queries: [email protected]
Potholes: [email protected]
Meter readings: [email protected]
Street lights: [email protected]
Traffic lights: [email protected]
Water leaks: [email protected]
Electricity enquiries: [email protected]
“Residents should please expect a delay in the restoration time of interrupted services. We apologise to our residents for the inconvenience caused.”
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