COSATU supports the SAMWU strike at the Rustenburg Local Municipality

The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) in the North West Province supports its affiliate, the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) which has embarked on a protected strike at the Rustenburg local Municipality.

The strike is a result of the failure of the municipality to upgrade the conditions of employment of the workers in line with the municipal grading.

COSATU understands that the municipality has been upgraded to grade 7 category B since 2010 but workers remain at grade 5 while councillors are at grade 6. The Municipal Manager and the directors are at grade 7.

It is disappointing that the Council does not see anything wrong with this discrepancy and they continue to refuse to upgrade the workers inline with the status of the municipality.

COSATU calls on the council to immediately implement the grading system as declared in 2010 and thereafter start the negotiations on how they will pay back the outstanding money from 2010.

The Federation does not support the idea of adopting the budget and the structure before correcting the grading as this will mean that the budget adopted will be that of grade 5 municipality and not a grade 7 municipality.

We call on the Mayor and the council to adhere to the demands of the workers with immediate effect.

Issued by COSATU North West

For more information please feel free to contact the Provincial Secretary of COSATU North West, Kopano Konopi on 082 339 5836