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FF Plus condemns actions of strikers who hijacked and wounded Tshwane worker

The FF Plus condemns the attack on an official of the Tshwane Metro’s Water and Sanitation department who was presumably hijacked and wounded by striking SAMWU members.

The official and his team were reportedly busy doing repair work in Montana when a group of striking SAMWU members warned them to stop the repairs. They continued with their work. After the work had been completed, the team leader was attacked on his way home.

Members of SAMWU participating in the illegal strike have been sowing destruction in the Metro since 28 July through arson, stone throwing, damaging infrastructure and intimidating workers who do not want to participate in the strike.

Last week, refuse removal trucks were pelted with stones and in the CBD, a brick was thrown at one person who was attacked.

The FF Plus is also concerned about COSATU’s involvement and the 3 000 members of the South African Security and Allied Workers’ Union (SASAWU) who joined the SAMWU strike on Friday.

The Tshwane Metro Police are not participating in the strike and are escorting work teams to protect them against striking workers.

Approximately 40 private security companies have also offered their assistance. They are patrolling infrastructure to ensure that no further vandalism takes place.

On Friday evening, the FF Plus accompanied security companies that protected service teams while they performed repair work on infrastructure.

The party will, as part of the Tshwane Metro’s coalition government, not yield to striking workers’ salary demands. There are simply no funds available for salary increases, and in the meantime, the Metro applied to the South African Local Government Bargaining Council on the 10th of August to be exempted from giving workers the previously agreed-upon annual salary increase.

Metro personnel were given an increase of 7,36% in 2017, 7% in 2018 and 6,5% in 2019.

In the 2019/20 financial year, workers were given an average increase of 18%, which was much higher than the labour agreement for that year. It cost the city council R2 billion

The lowest paid worker in the Metro currently receives a salary of R12 000, which would translate to R6 000 per month in the private sector.

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