Municipal workers head back to work

Municipal workers are expected to return to work on Monday after last week’s four-day nationwide strike....

Striking municipal workers block the streets as they march from Bellville Station to Bellville Civic Centre. Picture: Danya Philander/Eyewitness News

Municipal workers are expected to return to work on Monday after last week’s four-day nationwide strike.

Employees were granted a 13% wage increase as part of the multi-year agreement that ended the industrial action that crippled municipal services, around the country, and was marred by reports of intimidation and vandalism.

Municipalities have been pulling all their resources to catch up on services which were abandoned during the strike.

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The <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg metro council’s Gabu Tugwana has urged workers to return to their posts.