The South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) is pleased to announce that the Mopani District Municipality acceded to our demand for the immediate payment of salaries for workers within the Municipality. We have since confirmed that all employees were paid their monthly salaries on the 27th October albeit 2 days late.
After our intervention, the management of the Mopani District Municipality apologized to all employees for the inconvenience that the late payment of salaries had caused and further made an undertaking that corrective measures would be taken to ensure that such does not happen again, as this was not the first time that workers were not paid on time.
We have since reached an agreement with the Municipality that workers who experienced inconveniences and financial consequences such as bank charges for failed and returned debit orders would be refunded in full by the Municipality. This agreement was further referred to a Local Labour Forum for ratification.
It has since come to our attention that there are those who have made calls for the removal of the District Mayor of the Municipality. We want to place it on record that such a determination was never made in any of our structures and therefore distance ourselves from an SMS which is doing the rounds purporting to be coming from the union calling on the removal of the Mayor.
We however would not think twice to join in the call and demand for the removal of the Mayor should the agreement reached not be honoured, particularly that of ensuring that workers are paid in full and timeously.