Ricochet News

DA calls on Mayor Jordaan to resolve strike

JULY 29, 2015
DA calls on Mayor Jordaan to resolve strike

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Nelson Mandela Bay Caucus on Wednesday called Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, to speedily address striking staff as it was affecting service delivery in the Metro – with some residents reportedly without power since Saturday.

While ‘huge parts’ of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality are currently experiencing electricity supply challenges owing to among other things, the adverse weather experienced last week, an illegal industrial action by staff from the municipality electricity and energy department has made the situation worse, according to DA PR Councillor, Jonathan Lawack, in a statement.

He said that the workers emabraked on the strike after Executive Mayor Jordaan decided to scrap their scarce skills allowance to ensure a cash-backed budget.

“The DA warned of the consequences of this ill-advised course of action and our predictions have now come to pass leaving the residents to suffer massive inconvenience as a result,” Lawack said.

“The matter has now escalated to the level where the municipality is essentially being held to ransom by those employees. Complaints by desperate residents who have gone without electricity for days on end, fall on deaf ears.”

He said residents were suffering owing to these power shortages in a harsh winter.

“Should the strike not have been resolved by tomorrow, the DA will be bringing an urgent motion to council to resolve on the matter,” Lawack said.

“Our residents should not be made to bear the brunt of internal wrangling and labour disputes.”