Workers want outsourced companies stopped

Samwu members tossing garbage onto the streets of Bloemfontein

Urge Mangaung Metro to give the work to its employees

Members of South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) took to the streets of Mangaung demanding that their employer to do away with outsourcing and privatisation of municipal services to private companies.

Hundreds of workers affiliated to Samwu protested on Tuesday this week, tossing garbage onto the streets and breaking concrete rubbish bins in the CBD of Bloemfontein before handing over a memorandum of demands to Mangaung Metro Municipality.

Delivering the memorandum to the municipality Deputy Executive Mayor Lebohang Masoetsa, Samwu president Pule Molalenyane said workers are sitting in their workshop idling while millions of rand are given private companies for incomplete work.

“We demand that the municipality do away with outsourcing and privatisation of municipal services in all departments that includes Finance (Metering Section), Water & Sanitation Section (Plumbing/ maintenance), Centlec (Utilisation of Ikageng Private Electrical Company to maintain streetlight and installation of electricity pre–paid meters),” said Molalenyane.

“The municipality has hired competent people that are paid every month but they do not work as work is given to private companies who charges millions of rand for incomplete work.”

He said the union has proved that many private companies are being used for refuse removal with their private cars.

“We have seen private cars collecting refuse and charging lots of money every week while the municipality has employees for that same work,” he said.
Masoetsa promised that the matter would be followed up on and dealt with as the current administration has an open door policy.

“I want to make a commitment that all matters raised will be reported to the mayor upon her return and will be dealt with appropriately as the law requires,” said Masoetsa.

However, the union’s provincial chairperson‚ Congo Matshepe‚ said the union will down tools until municipality management addresses the issues they have raised.

“We have given them seven days to respond on the issues we have raised. But we must also note that over and above the seven working days‚ we will look at their response and then resolve on the way forward‚” Matshepe said.

He said as a union‚ they have been sent from pillar to post with regards to resolving their issues with the municipality and they have been ignored.

Among the issues raised by the union are:

– Problems with illegal termination of employment contracts of temporary workers which the union says is contrary to a legal labour forum agreement around absorption of all temporary workers who have been in the system for more than three months;

– Non implementation of the labour forum agreement;

– Temporary workers not being paid;

– Non provision of personnel protective equipment;

– Shortage of fleet and other administration resources;

– Non implementation of equal pay for workers in law enforcement division and other departments.