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samwu thumb medium80 78The New Age reports that SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members at the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) are on strike and did not report for duty for a third day running yesterday.  

They are demanding the removal of a depot manager and that more funding be given to inspectors before they return to work.  The JRA said it was concerned about reports of four separate acts of intimidation and damage to non-striking employee property.  JRA managing director Skhumbuzo Macozoma strongly condemned this “irresponsible behaviour” that was in flagrant disregard of the agreement between Samwu and management, in which both parties agreed to a peaceful strike free of intimidation.  “We will escalate our concerns to Samwu leadership and cases have been opened with the SAPS for further investigation.  Evidence is also being gathered with the intention of instituting disciplinary action against the culprits,” Macozoma said.  

Samwu’s JRA members embarked on the strike on Friday due to a dispute on three main matters out of an original 15.  Macozoma said:  “Management remains committed to returning to the negotiation table and a meeting is being scheduled with the multidisciplinary team and Samwu, and a task team has been negotiating with the strikers and a contingency plan is in place to ensure operations continue as normal.”

  • This report is on page 5 of The New Age of 5 March 2015

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