Nelson Mandela Bay Refuse Dept workers on strike

JANUARY 20, 2015

Workers from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Refuse Department, which is located in Harrower Road, North End, Port Elizabeth, embarked on a strike on Tuesday, leaving several areas sitting with their garbage.

The striking workers even blocked Harrower Road with their garbage trucks in the morning.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality  Spokesperson, Roland Williams, said about 45 drivers in the cleansing department where involved in the strike. He also condemned what he said was unacceptable behaviour adding that it is probably the reason why garbage has not been collected in several areas of the Bay.

"There are issues that they say they have with the "Task job evaluation" system. If that is the case there are forums where this can be discussed. We have a local labour forum. We have continuous engagement with both the Unions Samu and Umatu, so this type of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Williams told Algoa FM.

Rob Wylde, Councillor for Ward 1, later warned residents in a statement of the strike.

“Please take all your refuse bags off the street and back onto your property.

“We have no indication as to when the matter will be resolved,” he said.

“Once notification received, I will revert.”

We will be providing new details as we receive them.

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