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By unknown | Jul 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

More than 500 workers of the Pixley ka Seme council in Mpumalanga continued with their strike against racism yesterday.

Workers said the strike would continue until their grievances had been addressed.

Work at the Volksrust municipality came to a grinding halt on June 26 when workers downed tools in protest against a lack of transformation.

One of the most affected services is the removal of rubbish from Volksrust, Perdekop, Daggaskraal, Wakkerstroom and Ammersfoort. This has resulted in littered streets.

Kgokedi Mphahlele, provincial secretary of the SA Municipal Workers Union, said the strike was called after a number of meetings with the authorities failed.

Mphahlele said the grievances included the fact that blacks were still being discriminated against and were not paid the same salaries as whites for the same job.

He said the municipality pursued a number of racist practices, including:

lIgnoring the black heads of department and instead listening to the opinions and suggestions of junior white officials;

lPerpetuating the apartheid system, with blacks earning less than their white colleagues;

lAdvertising jobs vacated by white officials at lower salaries and offering them to blacks.

Mphahlele said the union was prepared to meet with the council management to resolve the issue.


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