Council workers strike

WORKERS from the Aganang municipality in Limpopo have downed tools after a deadlock over salary disparities.

WORKERS from the Aganang municipality in Limpopo have downed tools after a deadlock over salary disparities.

The strike entered its second day yesterday after workers accused management of failing to rectify the disparities.

The municipality is allegedly paying its employees different salaries though they have similar duties.

The workers said the issue was first raised with the municipality some years ago. They said they had resorted to downing tools because they had had enough.

The workers report for work every day and then move out to bask in the sun .

They have vowed not to go back to work until their demands had been met.

Ledile Matsaung, secretary of the SA Municipal Workers Union, said yesterday they had given management enough time to address the issue but nothing had happened.

"We decided to take action as a wake-up call to management to take our issues seriously," Matsaung said.

She said the entire workforce at the municipality was on strike.

"It is encouraging to note that our members have mobilised their colleagues to stop working to put pressure on management," she said.

Matsaung says management had agreed to implement the corrective measures from July 1 this year but failed to do so.

"Management is taking us for a ride," she said.

Acting municipal manager Seripele Debeila said yesterday that a minor misunderstanding had taken place between the workers and management.

He said the dispute was over the fact that the workers wanted to be paid retrospectively from July 1 last year, but the institution does not have the funds to do so.

"We are devising a plan to make sure the issue is resolved," Debeila said.

The total figure owed is reported to be R632727, excluding this year's 11 percent increase.

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