Samwu says striking is their last option

Samwu says they have no choice but to down tools.

FILE PICTURE: Protesters burn bins during a municipal workers protest in Cape Town, on 16 August 2011. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The country could be in for yet another strike, with members from the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) saying they have no choice but to abandon their posts so government will listen to their wage increase demands and calls for an end to corruption.

On Monday, the union said it was still consulting its 190,000 members on the date, but warned the nationwide strike could start as soon as this week.

National spokesperson for Samwu, Tahir Sema, said they had exhausted all avenues of negotiating with government.

"Now it is time to take our concerns to the streets," he said.

The country has been gripped with strike action over wages by workers in the platinum belt and trucking.