Numsa still supporting municipal workers’ strike
By Ilhaam Hoosain
28 August 2007
The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), has called off its planned strike in Cape Town on Tuesday, following a Labour Court ruling on Monday that the action would be unlawful.
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has noted that the disruptive municipal workers’ strike, came about as a result of the inflexibilty displayed by the Mayor of Cape Town and Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, in refusing to honour the union’s national collective bargaining agreement.
"There is no way we are going to be participating in any sort of illegal gathering, but we will continue to support SAMWU in all its endeavours.” says National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa spokesperson, Mziwakhe Hlangani.
SAMWU claims that they are unhappy because of the staff restructuring process, and has demanded the City negotiate in good faith, and that it reverses all restructuring that has taken place.
The City of Cape Town responded by saying that they can’t reverse this procedure as it has gone too far.