ABOUT 200 workers at Thembisile Hani municipality in Nkangala are entering their ninth week on strike over what they call the municipal manager's illegal salary adjustments.
Municipal bosses allegedly increased their salaries between R50000 and R200000 and workers, who are affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), are enraged by the pay increases .
Frustrated and unable to reach an amicable solution with the municipality, the workers opted for strike action.
Yesterday Samwu was locked in a meeting with municipal bosses in a bid to resolve the dispute.
Since August, disgruntled workers have been involved in a labour dispute because of what they call "exorbitant and illegal salary adjustments" granted to only municipal managers.
This resulted in a strike action by workers and a court case.
Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema says since the strike began, the municipality management has refused to meet them.
But yesterday the chief municipal manager agreed to meet the union in an attempt to resolve the crisis, which has crippled the municipality.
Sema said: "We will use the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Shiceka, to apply pressure until our demands are met."
He said they will not rest until municipal managers had paid back the "unlawful and illegal" increases they had received.
"They will have to pay it back to the council. This is blatant corruption," he said.
Thembisile Hani municipal spokesperson Johannes Mtsweni said he could not comment on the matter because a meeting between Samwu and the municipality was still under way.
"Commenting on this matter now would be tantamount to putting the cart before the horse," he said.