Majority of municipal workers refuse to strike

By Lelethu Mquqo
16 August 2011

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union has admitted that member turnout in the ongoing strike has not been as high as expected in some parts of the country.

About 150 000 municipal workers were due to down tools from yesterday, but more than 80% of them reported for duty in Gauteng, as well as 90% in the Western Cape.

Meanwhile, striking municipal workers went on the rampage in the Cape Town city centre earlier today, setting fire to overturned rubbish bins and throwing bottles in the streets.

Reports say angry protesters also started looting from shops as they moved through the city.

Samwu spokesperson for the Western Cape, Mario Jacobs, says union marshals were out in force to ensure that the protest was as peaceful as possible.


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