Samwu WC to embark on strike

Among the unions' concerns is the treatment of pregnant firefighters and wages for standby staff.

A South African Municipal Workers Union strike. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) in the Western Cape said around 6,000 of its affiliates are set to down tools from Monday despite extensive talks with the City of Cape Town to resolves their grievances.

Among their concerns are the treatment of pregnant firefighters and wages for standby staff.

Samwu's Michael Khumalo said the members are fed up and will strike indefinitely.

"For them to say that there have been continuous engagements, the continuous engagement is not resolving the issues. We don't have any choice. We have to embark on the strike."

But the city said the strike action is unnecessary.

The city's Xanthea Limberg said many of the union's concerns have been addressed and officials are willing to continue resolution talks.

In the interim, the municipality has implemented contingency measures to mitigate the effects of the planned action.

"The essential services asked not to participate in terms of the other directorates where we have been able to, we've made sure that there are additional staff members on hand."