Workers warn municipality

SATAWU: The SATAWU members singing struggles songs outside the Greater Tzaneen Municipality during the handing over of a memorandum with their demands.Photo Tintswalo Shipalana.

The contract workers who clean the streets of Lenyenye, Nkowankowa and Tzaneen handed over a memorandum to the Greater Tzaneen Municipality (GTM) demanding better working conditions last Week.

They are working for private companies which have been hired by the municipality and they demand that the companies be dissolved because of unpleasant working conditions.

Some of their demands included, getting paid on time, receiving pay-slips every month and getting paid their bonuses dating back from 2015.

“Some of us have been working for the municipality under a tender since 1992 and have not been given a permanent post ever since,” said one of the infuriated workers during the reading of the memorandum.

The workers are members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) and they were accompanied by the leadership of the union in Limpopo Province, which included the Provincial Secretary of SATAWU, Paul Nephawe.

Star Mbhalati, received the memorandum on behalf of GTM Mayor, Maripe Mangena, who was at Capetown during the handing over of the memorandum.

“All concerns pertaining workers must be addressed with immediate effect.

We are promising the leadership of SATAWU that we are not going to sit on the memorandum we will look at it as soon as possible,” explained Mbhalati.

The union gave the municipality 14 days to respond and threatened to call for the whole province to embark on a strike if it does not respond within this period.

Paul Nephawe, SATAWU Provincial Secretary, said that he hopes that the municipality will adress them well and that some of their workers may be absorbed by GTM.

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