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durbanNews24 reports that Durban waste collection has been affected by an eThekwini municipal worker go-slow that staff are staging to protest against an overtime budget cut.

According to the municipality, employees at the Department of Cleansing and Solid Waste in some regions embarked on an illegal go-slow after the 50% overtime budget cut, which was implemented on Monday. "This go-slow is impacting on waste collection and street sweeping services around the municipality," the municipality indicated in a statement, adding that the city would be looking into alternative measures of providing waste services until the situation was resolved. The Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Mzamo Billy, said the cut "in exorbitant overtime spend" was supported by the party. According to Billy, "the system was being abused" and the cut followed a R150 million spend on overtime costs. "It is common knowledge that the overtime payment system in the City has been abused and even left open to alleged political interference with no consequence management. Instead of ensuring that the city is clean, the overtime system seeks to foster a flawed incentive structure which is clearly bloating the cost of keeping the city clean," Billy maintained.

  • Read the original of the report in the above regard by Nicole McCain at News24

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