Wednesday, October 24, 2007

SAMWU to celebrate 20th Anniversary

By Anele Siwa
24 October 2007

The South Africa Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a mass rally at City Park Stadium in Athlone on Saturday.

“The workers have been organised in the Cape Town since before 1920, although segregated by apartheid with some working for the City and others working in the Black Local Authorities which not considered being part of the City,” says Cape Town Branch Chairperson Lance Veotte.

Veotte says that many were members of the Cape Town Municipal Workers’ Association (CTMWA) which merged into SAMWU in 1987, bringing 11 000 members.
“In twenty years, SAMWU has become the majority union in local government with over 120 000 members in every municipality in the country,” says Veotte.

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