Municipal workers urged to return to work

The Johannesburg metro council has urged municipal workers to return to their posts after a wage agreement...

Protesters shout at their working colleagues during the municipal workers protest in the Joburg CBD on 27 July, 2009. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

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Workers nationwide downed tools last week but were able to settle on a multi-year agreement with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

The council’s Gabu Tugwana has urged employees to go back to work to deal with a backlog in municipal services.

Meanwhile, trade union SAMWU said there is no reason why employees should not return to work on Monday.

“We’ll encourage members to say they need to accept what has already been presented. What ever issues is that they still having with various employers surely the union will be in a position to address those problems,” the union’s Dumisani Langa.

The municipal workers strike has been blamed, in some instances, for the spate of power and water shortages in and around <city w:st="on">Johannesburg, <city w:st="on">Soweto and <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria in the last week.