WC Samwu strike may be called off if agreement is reached

Workers downed tools last week over unresolved grievances including a lack of transport for workers.

FILE: Chaos broke out in the Cape Town CBD during the Samwu strike. Samwu members are running amok. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) strike may be called off on Monday if an agreement is reached.

Workers downed tools last week over unresolved grievances including a lack of transport for workers, alleged r acism and victimisation.

Chaos broke out in the Cape Town CBD during the Samwu strike. Samwu members are running amok. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

The strike had been suspended on Wednesday following meetings between Samwu leaders and City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

A task team set up to deal with worker demands will report to De Lille and Samwu leaders later on Monday.

Samwu protesters have regrouped outside the civic centre in Cape Town after police launched stun grenades at them. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

The team has met twice behind closed doors but neither the union nor the city is prepared to discuss the outcomes of the discussions.

Its task is to come up with solutions to resolve a list of 34 grievances.

A Samwu official has told Eyewitness News that progress has been made with some of the demands.

Services including refuse collection were affected last week.