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samwu thumb medium80 78TimesLIVE reports that eThekwini employees affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have been urged to return to work after a breakthrough in the union’s engagement with the city.

Some of the workforce went on an illegal strike two weeks ago, despite a court order to stop them, as they sought salary benchmarking with other metros, particularly the Ekurhuleni municipality. The City has responded that it is unable to make changes to salary levels because the matter is negotiated at national level. The strike has affected service delivery in the city, leaving many suburbs without waste removal, water and electricity. There have been reported acts of violence and intimidation against non-striking workers and destruction of property. Thirteen workers were arrested last week for taking part in the wildcat strike. In an update to the workers on Monday, Samwu’s Dumisane Magagula expressed the union’s support for the workers’ demands and said he was concerned about the city’s failure to “correct” their salaries. However, Magagula announced the union had had positive engagements with mayor Mxolisi Kaunda where they agreed to hold a workshop on benchmarking and salary levels, which the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs would co-ordinate. “The processes of the workshop started on March 11 2024 and the report will be shared within 14 days,” Magagula reported. He urged union members to report to work and adhere to the court interdict while the union fought it.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lwazi Hlangu at BusinessLive

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