Msunduzi waste pickers go on an unprotected strike. Photo: Msunduzi Municipality/ MARRC/ Facebook

Waste workers: From sleeping on graves to striking for promotions

Msunduzi Municipality threatens implement Principle of no work, no pay to all striking waste management workers in the capital.


Msunduzi waste pickers go on an unprotected strike. Photo: Msunduzi Municipality/ MARRC/ Facebook

Waste management workers in Pietermaritzburg are done sleeping on top of the graves, now they demand a promotion from the employer.


Earlier today, Tuesday, 2 March, waste management workers embarked on an unprotected strike in the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal to demonstrate their demands.

However, Msunduzi Local Municipality managed to maintain calm and yet provide services to the city.

“The Municipality wishes to assure members of the public that measures were taken to ensure that NONE of the Municipal Services were not rendered due to the unprovoked action by few SAMWU-aligned workers earlier today.”


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The City assured that service delivery remains a key priority. “The City can confirm that all employees who were not striking reported for duty as per their conditions of employment and that security measures were put in place to ensure that those who were involved in this unprotected strike do not intimidate their colleagues nor disrupt the Municipality from dispatching its constitutional mandate.”

The City Manager was made aware of the intention of some members of the SAMWU to embark on a march to his office to demand answers to the demands that they had raised about being promoted to a higher grade.


The City Manager has urged the Unions (Shop stewards) representatives to act responsibly and not lead employees into a perilous path that may lead them to be disciplined and eventually dismissed.

The City Manager has thanked all employees for heeding the call to remain at work and perform their duties and responsibilities which are to deliver services to the people of Msunduzi. “Ours is to serve the people without, fear, favour or prejudice. I applaud management for putting extraordinary measures to ensure that services were rendered without hindrance and I assure all employees that City Management remains committed to dealing with their grievances,” said Mapholoba.

“The Principle of no work, no pay is to be implemented to all striking employees and consequences management will be applied as well as ongoing engagement with Union to bring stability in the Waste Management Unit.”

“The municipality is extending its sincere apologies to the members of the public for any inconvenience they may have experienced during this time,” the City concluded.

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