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Angry SAMWU refuse collectors besiege City Hall

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 13, 2016
Angry SAMWU refuse collectors besiege City Hall

Less than a month after Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip's, new administration diffused a refuse collectors' strike, another South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU)-led picket laid siege to City Hall on Tuesday as the Metro’s waste management workers demanded back-pay for overtime and bonuses.

The workers claimed that the monies are owed to them for work done over the past seven years.

Speaking to RNEWS, the workers, who did not want to be identified, said that they have been patient with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality - and even reduced the years the money is owed to them from seven to five.

“It’s been years since we’ve been waiting for our money all we ever heard is empty promises today we say enough,” said one of the protesters.

While they protested, there appeared to be squabbles between the workers themselves as they exchanged insults as one group appeared to have drunk and aggressive members within its ranks. This group tried to get the other protesters to vandalise municipal property.

The angry workers said that they will not go to work until they received the overtime due to them.

This is while SAMWU shop stewards were in a meeting with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to try and resolve the impasse that began on Monday.

“The shop stewards are taking forever in these meetings with municipality and we tired of the negotiations, we ready for war,” said one angry worker.

The strikers also left garbage scattered in front of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

“They instructed us to stay away from their trucks; we are going to make the city dirty to embarrass them, so that the other cities see how the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality exploits workers,” said a protester.