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samwu thumb medium80 78Sowetan reports that the house of a Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) employee has been spray-painted, allegedly by his striking colleagues.  SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members downed tools last Friday after deadlocking with JRA management on various issues.  

But JRA spokeswoman Bertha Peters-Scheepers said the strike has had minimum impact as they have employed the services of contract workers.  She said the strike had not been free of intimidation, in which strikers had confronted those not on strike and asked them why they were working.  She said two of the workers who were intimidated have opened cases at the Dobsonville and Florida police stations.  This was after their vehicles and the house of one of them was spray-painted.  Samwu’s Dion Makhura said they would march to the JRA offices next Friday to deliver a memorandum and would be accompanied by fired Rea Vaya bus drivers, whose management offices are in the same building as the JRA’s.  

Samwu is demanding a once-off structural adjustment of salaries of all employees between levels six and nine.  They also want workers in the outsourced services to be absorbed into the company once their contracts expire and for the union to be afforded observer status in recruitment processes.

  • This report by Vusi Xaba is on page 6 of Sowetan of 6 March 2015

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