Tuesday, January 29, 2008

'SAMWU strike not hampering service delivery' - City

By Celeste Ganga
29 January 2008

The City of Cape Town reports that there were no disruptions of any municipal services during the first day of strike action by the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) which started on Monday.

"Attendance statistics indicate that of the City’s workforce of 22 557 employees, 550 were absent without authority. However, not all of those absent without authority can assume to be participating in the SAMWU strike," says the City’s Charles Cooper.

Access to the Civic Centre will be restricted during the strike. Only those with specific Council business or having a prior arrangement with a specific official will be able to gain access. The City thus apologises for the inconvenience.

“Residents must place their wheelie bins on the pavement on collection day. If the bin is not collected by the normal time, do not take it back onto your property — leave it until 7PM if need be,” says Cooper.

He adds that if the bin is not collected, residents should report it the next morning to the City’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089.

SAMWU has been given permission to march on the Thursday (31 January 2008) from Keizergracht in District Six to the Civic Centre to hand over a memorandum and then to return to the starting point.


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