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Municipal workers march over labour issues

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Capricorn District Municipality (CDM) workers and supporters march to the offices of CDM.

Capricorn District Municipality (CDM) workers and supporters march to the offices of CDM.

Disgruntled workers of Capricorn District Municipality (CDM) marched to the institution on Tuesday to hand over a memorandum to Executive Mayor Gilbert Kganyago.
Kganyago was however not in office due to other commitments and Simon Mathe, Provincial Secretary of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), in addressing the workers at the entrance of CDM’s offices in Biccard Street, said that Samwu will arrange for another date to ensure that Kganyago is present to receive the memorandum. “We will come back and if Kganyago is not here to receive the memorandum, we will take it to the African National Congress (ANC) offices and demand that Kganyago be replaced as Executive Mayor,” Mathe said.
In the memorandum that was provided to Polokwane Observer by Samwu’s management, the union demands that the 287 volunteer Pump Operators that are currently receiving a stipend of R1 000 per month, be permanently absorbed into the staff establishment and receive a salary of at least R5 600 per month.
There are also other issues raised in the memorandum that includes outstanding payments of acting allowances, appointment letters that reflect salaries that are in conflict with the advertised levels, unequal treatment of officials and a demand that the municipality accounts for protective clothing that were procured at a cost of about
R2 million during the previous financial year.
Moshidi Mashilo, Chairperson of the CDM Branch of Samwu, could not indicate when the follow-up march will take place.
Moffat Senyatsi, Media Liaison Officer of CDM, commented: “We have noted the march and peaceful conduct of the union and we shall respond to the grievances as soon as we have studied the content of the memorandum.”

Story: BARRY VILJOEN
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Featured photo: Cromwell Nhemo, Deputy Provincial Secretary of South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), Moshidi Mashilo, Samwu Capricorn District Chairperson, Sevah Mphahlele, South African Communist Party Representative and Simon Mathe, Samwu Provincial Secretary at the march.