Municipal workers have a right to strike not trash

Fred Nel MPL

Spokesperson on Local Government

The DA in Gauteng calls on the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) to ensure that their members strike in a dignified and civil manner as municipal workers sporadically embark on industrial action.

Reports this morning already indicate municipal workers in Ekurhuleni trashed rubbish bins and scattered contents all over the place in Germiston.

The DA firmly believes in the right of all workers to strike, but this right does not entitle aggrieved workers to trash our cities and destroy public and private property.

SAMWU and IMATU must publicly call on their members to strike in a manner that does not cause damage to property, health risks, lead to intimidation or disrupt municipal services. Failure to do so amounts to an endorsement of violence and destruction.

Gauteng municipalities must ensure that unions are held liable for damages and those individual council employees who engage in violent and destructive behaviour are disciplined. It is time to send a clear message that such behaviour will no longer be tolerated.

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