Samwu threatens Tshwane bus service with legal action over worker treatment

Samwu has called on the bus service to address issues of racism and the ill-treatment of staff.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has called on the Tshwane bus service to address issues of racism and the ill-treatment of staff within the next 20 days, or it will take the matter back to court.

Earlier this month, workers affiliated to the union went on an unprotected strike, complaining about discrimination among other things.

Last week the bus service was able to secure a court interdict instructing all staff to return to work, while the parties continued with talks.

Samwu's Mpho Tladinyane says members will not agree to work where they do not feel safe or appreciated.

"There is also inequality when it comes to the issue of discipline. If you are of a particular colour, you will be treated differently. You may have been found guilty of committing misconduct, but if you're a particular colour you'll be dismissed. However, if you're lighter you may get a warning."