SAMWU march won't affect services

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pretoria - There will be no service delivery interruptions as a result of a planned march by members of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), said the Ekurhuleni Municipality.

Members of SAMWU were expected to march to the Ekurhuleni municipality offices on Tuesday. They are unhappy about the outsourcing of staff by the municipality without consulting the union.

"We have put contingency plans in place to respond to whatever service delivery challenges that may come up," said metro spokesperson Zweli Dlamini.

SAMWU East Rand Branch Secretary Koena Ramotlou told BuaNews on Tuesday that union members would begin their march at 10am.

"We will be marching to the municipality's offices at 10am today. The march is against the outsourcing of staff by the municipality without speaking to trade unions. There are people who can do the job internally," he said.

Ramotlou said the union received permission from the Ekurhuleni Metro Police as well as the SAPS to march on 12 February.

"We will be delivering the memorandum at around 1pm," he said, adding that union members are unhappy about monies that the municipality has yet to pay them.

However, Dlamini said the municipality has advised employees against participating in the march and that the "no work no pay" clause will be effected.

"It is the view of the municipality that the march does not comply with the requirements of a protected strike and as such we have to advise our employees accordingly so that they are well aware of the consequences of participating in such an industrial action," said Dlamini.

Ramotlou said workers would be back at work on Wednesday.