Dan­ger al­lowance de­mand

Grocott's Mail - - News -

From Page 1 dan­ger al­lowance of R474 a month, or a spe­cial monthly dan­ger al­lowance of R709. This is nor­mally for oc­cu­pa­tions such as traf­fic in­spec­tors, prison guards, as well as so­cial work­ers, nurses, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists, psy­chol­o­gists and other health work­ers work­ing with pris­on­ers.

How­ever, in May, the Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil ad­vised South Africa’s 257 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to ne­go­ti­ate with SAMWU and the In­de­pen­dent Mu­nic­i­pal and Al­lied Trade Union (Imatu) over dan­ger al­lowances for front­line work­ers dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic.

In a state­ment is­sued last week, SAMWU’S na­tional Sec­re­tar­iat said the union’s de­mand was for a once-off ex gra­tia pay­ment of R3000.

“We are well aware of the fact that work­ers have al­ready re­turned to work and that most of the lock­down reg­u­la­tions are con­tin­u­ally be­ing low­ered,” SAMWU’S Sec­re­tar­iat said. “Our ap­proach is that even if the Pres­i­dent de­cides that the lock­down is over to­mor­row, work­ers who were in the front­lines are owed by the em­ployer and that money should be paid over to them once an agree­ment is reached.”

SAMWU has more than 515 mem­bers at Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Imatu around 100.

In to­day’s state­ment, Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity said all es­sen­tial ser­vices would re­sume this week “es­pe­cially refuse col­lec­tion”. Plans had been put in place for the wa­ter treat­ment works and Process Con­trollers from Alicedale were as­sist­ing at both plants.

“An in­ter­nal memo has been sent to man­agers and su­per­vi­sors of the af­fected de­part­ments to call back all their staff so that work can re­sume nor­mally,” said Ramokolo.

The de­ci­sion to re-open all mu­nic­i­pal of­fices with lim­ited staff on 1 July was taken in an ex­tended man­age­ment meet­ing yes­ter­day.

“A Work­place Safety Plan is in place that will give guid­ance to all the re­turn­ing work­ers,” Ramokolo said. “A Covid -19 Com­mit­tee has been es­tab­lished with the Co­or­di­na­tor that will en­sure that all pro­cesses are fol­lowed [and]all the re­quired PPE is suf­fi­cient… be­fore al­low­ing work­ers back.”

The Com­mit­tee would be con­tin­u­ally con­vened through­out the pan­demic pe­riod.

The re­turn to work would also see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of iden­ti­fied projects and the con­tin­u­a­tion of those sus­pended un­der the lock­down.

In re­sponse to ques­tions from Gro­cott’s Mail, Ramokolo said a to­tal of 87 wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion work­ers and cleans­ing staff are cur­rently on self iso­la­tion.

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity had drafted the dan­ger al­lowance pol­icy and this was still un­der dis­cus­sion.

The fu­mi­ga­tion of the mu­nic­i­pal of­fices had been done by an ac­cred­ited server provider, Ramokolo said.

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