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nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that striking Nelson Mandela Bay refuse workers were back on the job on Monday following a crippling week-long stayaway that saw garbage bags pile up in suburbs.  

According to SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) regional spokesman Mqondisi Nodongwe, the workers downed tools over long hours without overtime pay, unpalatable working conditions and “the continuous failure by the employer to address their grievances”.  Nodongwe added:  “The demand was that the acting director waste management should be replaced by a more compatible person.  The employer [municipality] agreed to replace him pending the outcome of the investigation on a number of allegations tabled by labour.”  Dimbaza said he was unable to divulge the terms on which the workers returned to their jobs as negotiations were still ongoing.  Just hours before workers returned to their posts, hundreds of Samwu members protested.  Using trucks to block off the road, the workers disrupted traffic between Russell Road and Korsten Street for most of the morning.

  • Based on a report by Ntombesizwe Botha at HeraldLive

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