SAMWU go to on indefinite protected strike at Rand Water from 13 May| (Photo by Gallo Images / Nardus Engelbrecht)

THE South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) said on Monday it will be embarking on a protected strike action at Rand Water later this month. 

Samwu affiliated workers are up in arms over conditions of employment, including the non-payment of incentive bonuses. 

Despite attempts at negotiations, Samwu accuses Rand Water of failing to come to the table. 

Samwu added that while the Labour Court has ruled and ordered Rand Water to withdraw a circular issued to workers informing them that they would no longer be receiving incentive bonuses, the employer has failed to do so.

“Seven days after the ruling of the Labour Court, the matter was head in the of CCMA wherein a certificate of non-resolution was issued; this essentially is workers’ license to go on strike,” said Samwu in a statement.

“Following the issuance of the strike certificate, the employer called SAMWU leadership to a meeting wherein they tried to massage us to not going on a full-blown strike.”

Samwu added: “We have since reported back the outcomes of the meeting and the rulings of the Labour Court and the CCMA to our workers at Rand Water.” “Workers have therefore resolved that since the employer is not willing to ensure that they rescind the circular as directed by the Labour Court, nor discuss this matter in the best interest of residents and workers, the only option is to go to the streets.”

Samwu added that as workers will be embarking on this strike action, workers cannot guarantee running water to residents and industries in Gauteng, North West, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces.

“What we can all do is pray for rain as that will be the only guaranteed source of water during the strike action,” said Samwu.  

“We therefore urge our members and workers at Rand Water to prepare themselves to fight against the unilateral change of their conditions of employment. Boardrooms have proven to not be the right platform to fight this battle, our sneakers are ready, to the streets we go!”

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