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DA outraged at SAMWU’s demand for a R100 000 'apology' for every Buffalo City Metro worker

Nov 30, 2018
DA outraged at SAMWU’s demand for a R100 000 'apology' for every Buffalo City Metro worker

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Buffalo City Metro says it has noted the ANC-aligned South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU’s) demand, now supported by the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU), that Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) pay a R100 000 'apology' to each worker for the delayed implementation of job evaluations.
"While there was some sympathy for the unions’ earlier legitimate demands, this action smacks of pure opportunism," said Kevin Mileham (MP), DA Eastern Cape Premier Campaign Spokesperson on Basic Services.

"The actions of SAMWU and its members have crippled the City, and severely impacted on the lives and livelihoods of its residents. This is economic terrorism and thuggery of the worst kind." 

Mileham said that the DA respects the legitimate role of trade unions, but we are alarmed that SAMWU are allowing themselves to be used as a platform for opportunism and criminality.

"We have noted that many of the demands from the unions relate to issues that the failing ANC-led administration has simply plastered over."

Solving Buffalo City's SAMWU-led strike
He added that, as an immediate stop-gap measure, the DA would:

  • Suspend and discipline all workers involved in the illegal strike (including criminally charging and dismissing any found to have damaged municipal property);
  • Appoint private contractors to repair the destroyed and damaged infrastructure and get basic services restored to residents (many of whom have been without water and electricity for over a week); and
  • Hire service providers to collect the mountains of refuse piling up across the city.

" The ANC-aligned SAMWU must be held accountable for criminality during the BCM protest.

"Equally, the City Manager must  be held accountable for his failure to implement agreements reached with the unions," Mileham said.

"This requires an immediate investigation and report to council. If the City Manager is not doing his job, then it is time to find one who will."

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