Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SAMWU struggles with Executive Directors

Jelmer Lelieveld
30 July 2014

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) held a general meeting on Tuesday after its talks with the City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille about workers’ grievances were unsatisfactory.

During that meeting, Mayor De Lille outlined the process for dealing with the workers' grievances, starting with meetings between Executive Directors (EDs) and SAMWU Shop steward Committee Office Bearers (COBs).

Some of the grievances of the Union included the alleged suppression of workers by the City. Although the Mayor was willing to work towards a solution the Union had some concerns.

SAMWU’s Mike Khumalo added that “unfortunately the process that the Mayor is putting […] is that the EDs are supposed to play a meaningful role to ensure the actual implementation once she has decided. We (SAMWU) are getting challenges in that the EDs are not cooperating with us”.

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