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Ugu and RNM workers threaten to strike over unresolved issues – march planned for tomorrow (Thursday)

Law enforcement officers are expected to keep things under control.

WORKERS from both Ugu and Ray Nkonyeni municipalities have threatened to bring the Port Shepstone CBD to a standstill tomorrow (Thursday, August 10).

Disgruntled workers belonging to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) will march from Chris Hani Square (Dick King car park) at 10am to hand over a memorandum to Ugu mayor Mondli Chiliza and RNM mayor Cynthia Mqwebu at the  RNM offices in Connor Street.

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According to union chairman, Xolani Shinga, several meetings held with both municipalities’ top management had reached a deadlock, forcing workers to down tools and march to get their message across.

Once again, the Sanlam Group Scheme is on the top of the list. Ugu workers claim municipal manager DD Naidoo and his management team are refusing to pay back the rest of their money.

Last year Ugu staff went on strike, demanding to be paid money from their ‘group scheme’ contributions after Ugu cut ties with Sanlam.

The strike saw the almost the entire South Coast left high and dry amid allegations the Ugu workers were sabotaging the system.

To avoid a total system collapse, municipal management made a promise to source funds from the municipality and pay workers at least five years’ worth of contributions until the Sanlam legal dispute had been resolved.

Workers are also demanding the reinstatement of Phila Madwe, who was suspended after the recent illegal strike by Ugu workers.

Meanwhile, RNM employees want the job evaluation process to be reinstated. They claim proper processes were not followed and that workers were not happy with a number of issues, including salary increments and promotions.

The union said it could not say whether the legal strike action by its members would affect water supply or other services offered by the municipalities.

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Law enforcement officers are expected to be deployed to keep things under control.

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