Services ‘slowly returning’ in Tshwane following strike

Services ‘slowly returning’ in Tshwane following strike

The City of Tshwane says it is in the process of restoring municipal services following the strike by workers over the past few weeks.

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Residents have been experiencing severe disruptions to service delivery due to a wage strike by workers affiliated to the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) and the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu).

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Samwu's Gauteng provincial secretary Bafana Zungu says the failure to pay workers will only lead to more unrest. "We heard stories about what happened to the money, where it went and we are told it is about R300 million that the management failed to manage.

The unions and the city were at loggerheads over the payment of wages in the final year of a collective agreement which was signed in 2018.

The city's spokesperson Selby Bokaba said says they tabled a proposal on Friday which brought an end to the strike.

"They seem to have embraced the proposal that was tabled and undertook to go and consult with their members with a view of getting a fresh mandate.

"Nonetheless, most of our teams were able to go to the depots to get the vehicles and the equipment and the went out to restore most of the services that were disrupted by the strike.”

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