No major disruptions following SAMWU march

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pretoria - There were no major service delivery interruptions as a result of today's South African Municipal Worker's Union (SAMWU) march, said the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

"The only service delivery affected in some parts of the region was waste removal, but we will be dealing with whatever backlogs created as from tomorrow until the end of the week," said municipal spokesperson Zweli Dlamini.

SAMWU is unhappy about the outsourcing of staff by the municipality without consulting the union.

Dlamini said a majority of the municipality's staff complement turned up for work today with under a 1000 participating in the strike action.

Dlamini said the union submitted a memorandum of demands to a member of the mayoral committee in charge of community safety, Clr Mthuthuzeli Siboza, in Germiston.

"While we had contingency plans in place to respond to any service delivery emergency, we did not have to do this because a majority of our workers reported for duty," he said.

The union's East Rand Branch Secretary Koena Ramotlou could not be reached for comment.-