City’s response to SAMWU strike
By Mandisi Tyulu
21 April 2009
The City of Cape Town has been notified by the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) that it has embarked on a strike.
City of Cape Town’s Media Manager, Kylie Hatton, says a group of approximately 100 people gathered outside of the Civic Centre. SAMWU has not applied to congregate outside of the Civic Centre, in terms of the Gatherings Act.
The City’s Executive Director for Safety & Security, Mr Richard Bosman, has made himself available to receive a letter from the group on behalf of the City Manager, says Hatton.
The City has also given a representative from the group a copy of the letter that it has sent to SAMWU’s regional offices, she said.
“The City has asked this group to disperse.’ “Staffs in essential services are not allowed to strike in terms of the existing legislation.”
Residents are advised that service delivery will not be affected and contingency arrangements have been put in place to ensure that services continue, said Hatton.