SAMWU confident they will win interdict case
By Rhodé Marshall
24 August 2007
The South African Municipal Workers Union says it will definitely fight the City of Cape Town’s attempt to interdict its strike scheduled for next week.
“The union thoroughly objects to the City of Cape Town wasting tax payer’s money on a frivolous strike interdict that we believe the court will not grant,” says SAMWU’s Cape Town Branch Secretary, Stanley Yisaka.
He says they only decided on striking as a last resort following the failed negotiations with the City.
“The negotiations only failed because the City was not prepared to negotiate with its workers, they only choose to dictate and pass on orders,” says Yisaka.
Although the City has persistently said they know that essential workers are not allowed to strike, the union says according to the labour law, unions are permitted to strike if disputes of mutual interest are not resolved.
“They choose to rather use their time and resources in putting out propaganda instead of explaining why they choose to close down service depots in black townships,” says Yisaka.
He added that the union will go ahead with the strike.