South Africa: Samwu Calls for Withdrawal of Tshwane Administrators

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In March 2020 the MEC for COGTA in Gauteng, Lebohang Maile dissolved the City of Tshwane Municipal Council through Section 139 and subsequently deployed a team of administrators to amongst other things assist in restoring the legislature and the executive of the City of Tshwane. The team was further given a mandate to ensure provision of services to residents of the City of Tshwane.

Over a period of time we as the South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) in Tshwane noted with serious concern deteriorating labour relations regime in the City of Tshwane.

This comedy or errors became open when administrators started having an appetite not to implement signed collective agreements. Major challenges experienced by workers in the last four (4) weeks include the following:

· Non-payment of salary increase

· Sabotaging payment of benchmarking payments

· Unlawful withholding of 7000 employee salaries

SAMWU had to lead fierce battles to ensure that collective bargaining is restored and we ensured that workers secured what they deserved. We have noted that this administrators were initially meant to be in Tshwane for three months and beyond that point it was clear that they had ran out of steam, out of breath and started doing obvious mistakes.

We have further noted that the administrators have created and advertised vacancies for a period of six months. Surely the administrators are of the view that they will be in the City for an extended period.

Municipal workers in Tshwane can no longer tolerate the presence of the administrators. If there is anything they have managed to do successful and without fail in the City is to frustrate workers and make life for them a living hell.

SAMWU calls on the MEC for COGTA in Gauteng to recall these administrators, the administrators should be placed under administration. We are if the view that they have failed in the tasks which they had been deployed to the City for.

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