Strikers closed down Metro's Govan Mbeki customer care centres

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

While the South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU)-led refuse collectors' strike that began on Monday drags on, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Thursday advised residents that due to the strike action, its Mafanasekhaya Gqobose and Lilian Diedericks buildings Customer Care Centres had been closed.

"Walmer Customer Care Centre is also closed due to building alterations.

"Customers are advised to use our Cleary Park and Korsten Customer Care Centres instead," the municipality said.

"We apologize for any inconvenience caused."

Residents have been sitting with their uncollected garbage since Monday when SAMWU aligned workers downed tools until their backpay - overtime and bonuses, have been paid. On Tuesday, the workers laid seige to City Hall and left it in a mess.

This is the second waste collectors' strike to hit the new Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip's, multi-party coalition administration in less than a month after a similar one in August.  

The SA Municipal Workers Union says it's still locked in negotiations with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality following a strike by disgruntled workers in the waste management division.

Meanwhile SAMWU shop stewards, who have been in negotiations with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, are hopeful they will reach an agreement soon - which will see their members return to their posts.