Samwu members picket over working conditions in Tshwane

Samwu says it protested against the municipality for the same reason in 2016 but nothing has changed.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has confirmed its members have gone on strike against the working conditions of emergency services workers in Tshwane.

Samwu says it protested against the municipality for the same reason in 2016 but nothing has changed.

Almost 2,000 union members are picketing outside Tshwane house.

Samwu's Mpho Tladinyane says the municipality has neglected firefighters, with some sleeping on the floor, during their resting periods at work.

“In one of the fire stations in Mabopane, workers are forced to use candles because there is no electricity there.”

Tladinyane says the poor state of ambulances in the city has also resulted in a decline in the quality of service provided to residents.

“Medical emergency workers are forced to drive unroadworthy ambulances.”

The union says it also wants the city's Expanded Public Works Programme workers to be given permanent posts as the current programme allows them to be treated unfairly.