THE Enoch Mgijima Municipality Local Labour Forum (LLF) was in session yesterday as part of an agreement between the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the municipal political leadership to continue with discussions to end the unprotected strike in Lukhanji ongoing for two months.
The labour action emanates from an alleged unfulfilled agreement on the guidelines for salary structures in the erstwhile Lukhanji Municipality.
The Rep reported (“Strike end in sight”, September 9) that Samwu and the municipality had agreed not to divulge information on the discussions between the two structures. The structures had met for the first time on August 29.
Executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha and Samwu secretary Thabo Ngwane have apologised to locals for the inconvenience caused by the strike. Recommendations were made that a once-off gratuity payment of R1.9-million be made to general workers and an amount of R890000 be paid to employees who had not benefited in the task grade movement and that they be upgraded one task grade.
This was after payment of over more than R6-million in June, according to a municipal document in possession of The Rep, with employees benefiting in varying degrees. Samwu indicated the managers drew the most benefit.
The Rep will report on the outcome of the LLF sitting next week.