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joburgcityBusinessLive reports that on Monday the City of Johannesburg together with the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) signed what they described as a historic and first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding, aimed at promoting harmonious labour relations and advancing service delivery.  

The pact will grant the unions access to the city’s intricate budget planning processes, which could strengthen the unions' hand in wage negotiations as they would know how much the metro could afford in pay hikes.  But, the city says unions are crucial stakeholders that should be consulted on the matter.  Involving the workers at the budgeting process could also help reduce industrial action that has sometimes turned violent.  The agreement is also aimed at driving performance management so as to generate a more conducive environment for the city to better serve its residents and to ensure that work stoppages became a last resort.  Labour consultant Tony Healy commented:  “What the city is doing has worked elsewhere in the world in different scenarios.  It's not guaranteed, however, that it will work here.”  Imatu’s Keith Swanepoel stressed that the pact was not taking away the unions’ right to embark on strikes to force the employer to accede to whatever demands they might have.  However, Dr Valencia Ntombi Khumalo, MMC for group corporate and shared services, said the agreement had put measures in place to ensure that grievances were resolved long before unions took to the streets.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive
  • Read too, City of Joburg and unions ‘do away’ with wildcat strikes, at Moneyweb


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