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joburgcityThe Sunday Independent reports that employees of Johannesburg City Library are up in arms over what they claim is the failure by their employer to stick to an agreement reached with their union last year.  

The staff members, who include librarians, assistants and general workers, allege the City of Johannesburg has breached a settlement agreement reached with the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu).  Disgruntled workers say they have not been paid for overtime worked since operating hours on Saturdays were extended in July 2017 from 9am-1pm to 9am-5pm.  They are also demanding the refunding of deductions taken from their salaries when they refused to work on Saturdays because the city was not calculating their overtime rates on scales that they were happy with.  Numerous other points of dispute have been alleged by the workers.  They have sent a letter to the City in which they accuse the employer of violating parts of the settlement agreement reached on 6 November 2018 with Imatu.  A strike and shut-down of public libraries in Johannesburg was averted at the time when that settlement was entered into.  But, since the breaches allegedly occurred before 13 March 2019, in terms of the settlement the union still has the right to rally its members to go on strike.  However, one staffer close to the matter indicated:  “No, we are not planning a strike.”

  • Read more of Sipho Mabaso’s The Sunday Independent report of 7 April 2019 at SA Labour News

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