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Service delivery continues during one day strike by SAMWU Members

by City of Cape Town
14 Jun 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town reports minimal disruption of any municipal service during the one day sympathy strike by members of Samwu. Attendance statistics indicate that of the City's workforce of 22142 staff a total of 1057 (4.77%) were absent without authority.


The highest absenteeism was in the Solid Waste Directorate (9,30%), Transport, Roads and Stormwater (8,49%), Housing (8,47%) and Parks( 5,17%).

A small group of about 300 Samwu members arrived at the Civic Centre and handed over a memorandum to Mike Marsden, Executive Director: Service Delivery Integration who accepted it on behalf of the City Manager. He indicated that the City would study the memorandum and revert to Samwu. He said the City recognised their right to strike in sympathy with the Public Sector unions. He complimented them on the high level of discipline maintained.

Intimidation was reported at the Mfuleni Library as well as the Roads and Stormwater Nyanga Depot. The services in the Nyanga area were provided from the Heideveld Depot. A vehicle window was also broken at Nyanga.

Intimidation also occurred at the Solid Waste Klipfontein depot. This affected the collection of refuse in sections of Nyanga and Mitchells Plain. The bins will be collected tomorrow and residents are requested to place them on the pavement.

The Cosatu march from the Kaizergracht through the CBD to National Parliament proceeded in an orderly fashion. The City took the precaution of removing all the receptacles and refuse ahead of the march and there was no trashing of the CBD.

The City's Strike Contingency Team has been meeting since last week and monitored the situation, implementing all necessary measures.

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MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 216/2007
13 JUNE 2007


ISSUED BY:
DIRECTORATE: COMMUNICATION
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400-2201

MEDIA QUERIES:
CHARLES COOPER
ACTING MEDIA MANAGER
TEL: 021 400-3719
CELL: 084 628 8618

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