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strike thumb medium85 85Moneyweb reports that business leaders in eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal view the unprotected and unlawful strike of municipal workers as politically motivated and a deliberate attempt to undermine and discredit the public-private partnerships between city management, provincial leadership, and private business.

“This is not a strike initiated by workers. There’s a political agenda, and the people are in cahoots with the criminal element,” said Andrzej Kiepiela of the KZN Growth Coalition. The illegal strike started on 27 February after a meeting between workers affiliated with the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the city administration could not reach an agreement on a wage dispute. The city’s ultimatum for the striking workers to return to work has not been fully heeded. Briefing the media on Wednesday, Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda said most workers returned to work on Tuesday and the city was confident that the number would steadily increase. The strike has brought service delivery in large parts of eThekwini to a standstill, particularly solid waste removal, with widespread water and electricity outages due to sabotage and maintenance backlogs caused by the stayaway. The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry said in a statement it was concerned about the negative message the strike sent to both local and international tourists. Independent development economist Glen Robbins noted that eThekwini’s municipal leadership was slow to respond, even though it had eventually come out to firmly condemn the strike action. “This municipality has been beset by these unprocedural [strike] actions for a number of years. Previously, the municipality has shown that it is open to striking deals with unprocedural action, so there is a sense that the possibility exists that the workers could get their demands met, he commented.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Liesl Peyper at Moneyweb

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