Tshwane will dismiss striking Samwu members due to ongoing violence and intimidation, severely impacting the city’s ability to provide essential services. The strike, which began at the end of July, is considered unprotected by the city, and its municipal workers are protesting various issues, including the non-payment of salary increases. According to Jacaranda FM, the workers demand salary increases of 3.5% and 5.4%, figures the city claims it cannot afford. As a result of the strike, the city has taken action by issuing 41 letters of intention to dismiss striking employees, and 15 workers have been arrested for their involvement in the protests.
Mayor Brinks emphasized the city’s determination to address the situation, stating that it would send more letters and striking employees would face the consequences for destructive behaviour and criminal activities during the strike. The situation was further complicated when the South African Local Government Bargaining Council ordered the city to increase employees’ salaries by 5.4% beginning July 1, within 10 days. However, given the city’s precarious financial position, Tshwane intended to file for a bargaining council exemption. The situation remains tense as negotiations continue between the city and the striking workers, focusing on finding a resolution that meets the workers’ demands while considering the city’s financial constraints.
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