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strike thumb medium85 85Daily News reports that parts of Zululand, northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), can expect further delays in restoration of the water supply as municipal water and sanitation workers continue their strike over salaries, which began on Monday.  

Nhlakanipho Mgabhi of the Zululand Municipal and Allied Trade Union of SA (Matusa) said while it was not their intention to cause suffering for residents, they too were suffering.  “If you look at other district municipalities, people who do the same work and are on the same grade earn more than us, which is unfair,” Mgabhi said, claiming that their basic salary was just over R7,000, while their counterparts apparently earned at least R10,000.  The workers marched to the municipal offices in uLundi on Monday and handed over a memorandum of demands to the municipal manager.  However, according to Mayor Thulasizwe Buthelezi the strike was illegal as a court order had been obtained.  He said he expected workers to report for work immediately or face disciplinary action.  Buthelezi opined that the strike had a political motive as the workers and unions were aware that job evaluation and grading issues were dealt with by the SA Local Government Association (Salga).

  • Read the full original of Anelisa Kubheka’s report on the strike at Daily News

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