CT prepared for Samwu strike

The City if Cape Town says contingency plans are in place ahead of the Samwu strike.

Members of South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) protesting outside Metro Bus depot in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on 9 July 2013. Picture: Leeto Khoza/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it has put contingency plans in place to mitigate the potential impact of a strike that could affect refuse removal services.

Workers affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) are set to down tools over alleged discrimination, among other issues.

They city's Demetri Qually says they are urging residents to put out their refuse bins as normal.

"The collections may take longer than normal."

Qually says it's difficult to say how many workers will embark on the strike.

"I don't believe it's going to be large scale, but we will know during the course of the day."

The union says pickets will be held at several depots in Cape Town.