Municipal strike is over

The leaders of the trade union Samwu (SA Municipal Workers Union) officially called off the nation wide strike yesterday.

Strikers march in Jeffreys Bay. Photo: Hilton Crous

The strike lasted for 2 weeks and saw the central districts of towns and cities being trashed with rubbish and tyres set alight.
Jeffreys Bay was no exception and damage was caused to our roads by the burning tyres and rubbish filled the potholes in da Gama road.
Rubbish in the streets of Jeffreys Bay. Photo: Paul van Jaarsveld 083 521 5093

The strike lost steam before the official announcement by Samwu as most workers had returned to work on Monday with mnay around the country not even bothering to heed the strike call in the first place.
Samwu was calling for an 18 % salary increase, which municipalities country wide simply could not afford.
The damage has unfortunately already been done, with some foreign visitors to Jeffreys Bay describing the town as being “seedy” in reference to the numerous pot holes in the roads and the garbage littering the streets.
Now at last lets concentrate on service delivery for all.

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