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SAMWU calls off eThekwini municipal workers strike

The South African Municipal Workers Union(SAMWU) has called on its striking members within eThekwini Municipality to return to their posts.

The two-week strike has crippled the metro and severely affected service delivery.

Disgruntled workers seek a 15% wage hike or R4000 top up on their salaries, to be on par with general workers in other metro’s.

SAMWU URGES WORKERS RETURN TO WORK

According to TimesLive, the union urged the workers to return to work while negotiations continue.

SAMWU secretary general, Dumisane Magagula reminded members of a court order won by the municipality.

“It is necessary to alert members that the interim interdict remains in place until the return date where we will argue for dismissal of the interdict,” Magagula said.

“Members are urged to continue to report for work at their depots daily. Whenever there is any update the office bearers will convene membership meetings and issue communication.”

UNCOLLECTED WASTE

Due to the protracted municipal workers strike, the city a has backlog, which has resulted in heaps of uncollocted waste in the city Centre.

Speaking to Ground Up, residents have resorted to either burning or illegally dumping of their waste.

Zandile Mandondo from Newlands says keeping the refuse in her home has become unbareable.

” I am keeping garbage inside to prevent it from being torn up by animals in the neighborhood. But the stench is too much to bear(sic)”, she says.

Meanwhile, the municipality has opened up its landfill sites to the public.

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