Municipal workers protest over fired clerk

WHILE thousands of Samwu members are bound to return to work today after a 13percent wage increase agreement, 100 union members in the Greater Letaba municipality in Limpopo have vowed to continue striking until a fired clerk has been reinstated.

The workers also want municipal manager Isaiah Mutshinyali to be fired.

They have been on strike since July 23, a few days before Samwu's national wage strike started.

Samwu spokesperson in the municipality Refilwe Makhananisa said they were expecting an answer from the council on Friday last week but to no avail.

They want the municipality to reinstate human resources clerk Joseph Leseilane, who was fired by Mutshinyali on January 8 last year after he was found guilty of misconduct.

After he was fired, Leseilane took the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, which ruled in his favour.

Following the arbitration outcome Mutshinyali was instructed to reinstate Leseilane by July 20, but he allegedly chose to ignore the instruction.