Dept work­ers picket, strike looms

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - NEWS - MUR­RAY SWART STAFF RE­PORTER

STAFF from the North­ern Cape Depart­ment of Trans­port, Safety and Li­ai­son will be stag­ing daily pick­ets in front of the pro­vin­cial of­fices in Len­nox Street this week, while a full-blown strike looms.

This comes af­ter work­ers ac­cused MEC Pauline Wil­liams, along with the se­nior man­age­ment of the depart­ment, of con­tra­ven­ing the Em­ployee Per­for­mance Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment (EPMDS) Pol­icy by with­hold­ing their bonuses.

Speaking on be­half of the work­ers, Tshepo Thebe said dur­ing the lunchtime picket on Fri­day that em­ploy­ees at the depart­ment would be stag­ing sim­i­lar protests ev­ery day in the build-up to their pro­tected strike on Mon­day next week.

“We have taken the nec­es­sary steps and will em­bark on a pro­tected strike from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 2,” Thebe said. “We have been lob­by­ing Cosatu to as­sist us in com­pletely shut­ting down the depart­ment.

“The united work­ers of the depart­ment are humbly ap­peal­ing to the em­ployer to as­sist us in avoid­ing any fur­ther in­dus­trial ac­tion as this will ham­per ser­vice de­liv­ery to the com­mu­nity.”

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