Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality warns striking workers

JUNE 17, 2015

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Wednesday afternoon released a statement saying that it has noted the "unlawful strike action embarked upon by approximately two-hundred-and-fifty staff members, predominantly from our Waste Management division".

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality City Manager, Mpilo Mbambisa, said; "We have also noted that about fifteen to twenty municipal waste removal trucks were deliberately parked and left in the streets in order to disrupt traffic and to stop access of our customers into municipal buildings.

"Such transgression of laws and disruption of services to our people will not be tolerated."

Mbambisa said that the NMBM has informed Union representatives that such unlawful action will not be tolerated, and that "our primary focus remains the delivery of services to the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay".

Union representatives were additionally informed that, in keeping with the legislation, policy and regulations, the principle of no-work-no-pay will be applied.

"All our staff are duly reminded that the Municipality and SALGA have structures, systems and procedures in place where any grievance or work-related matter may be tabled and addressed.

"The Municipality had all the trucks removed from the streets this morning," Mbambisa said.

"We take this opportunity to apologise to our residents who were affected by the unlawful strike action. Whilst we fully expect all our Waste Management workers to return to work and carry out their duties as per normal, we do however send an alert to residents that there may be disruptions in the waste removal service."