10 000 Joburg SAMWU workers to strike from next Monday
By Celeste Ganga
26 September 2007
The South African Municipal Worker’s Union (SAMWU) Greater Johannesburg Branch has served notice that its 10 000 members in the City and City Parks will go on strike from next Monday, 1st October 2007, onwards.
“The union received the certificate of outcome last week declaring that the matter is unresolved and that SAMWU has the legal right to embark on a protected strike,” says Johannesburg Branch Secretary, Dumisani Langa.
SAMWU has been trying for the past six years to negotiate solutions for many problems facing workers in Johannesburg but to no avail.
“Last Friday the union held a meeting with the bosses in another attempt to come up with an agreement. However, although the bosses knew that SAMWU had served notice to strike, they claimed they didn’t have a mandate to negotiate,” says Langa.
Some of the union’s demands include: equal pay for work of equal value, re-introduce the yearly notch increases, re-introduce free transport for workers to and from work on municipal buses.