‘No work, no pay’ must ap­ply – DA

Il­le­gal strik­ers must face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion

The Rep - - NEWS -

THE DA has con­demned the il­le­gal strike em­barked upon by work­ers of the Enoch Mgi­jima Local Mu­nic­i­pal­ity dur­ing the course of last week.

DA cau­cus leader Chris de Wet said as no due process had been fol­lowed by the strik­ing work­ers and their union, the strike was il­le­gal.

“The DA, there­fore, in­sists that the prin­ci­ple of ‘no work, no pay’ should be ap­plied, and if work­ers do not re­turn to work the mu­nic­i­pal man­age­ment must ob­tain an in­ter­dict against the il­le­gally strik­ing work­ers and their union.”

He said the party wanted dis­ci­plinary steps taken against those in­volved in the strike. “It is high time that these work­ers, who are hold­ing towns to ran­som with their il­le­gal con­duct ev­ery time they want some­thing, be shown that the mu­nic­i­pal man­age­ment, as well as all the res­i­dents of Enoch Mgi­jima, have had enough of their thug­gish be­hav­iour.”

He said if work­ers had le­git­i­mate griev­ances, there were clear guide­lines and pro­ce­dures to fol­low in terms of the ap­pli­ca­ble labour laws.

“No­body has the right to take the law into their own hands, es­pe­cially at the ex­pense of ev­ery­body else.”

Among other things and as a re­sult of the cur­rent strike and the strike last year, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was in cri­sis with re­gard to its man­age­ment, fi­nances, in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“Ev­ery­body is suf­fer­ing, from busi­ness and com­merce to the mid­dle-class, but mostly the poor and des­ti­tute. The il­le­gal strike is not only caus­ing di­rect fi­nan­cial losses and in­con­ve­nience to res­i­dents, but also far-reach­ing in­di­rect con­se­quences, as Ko­mani and other towns in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity are desta­bilised. This again im­pacts neg­a­tively on job cre­ation, in­vest­ments, in­fra­struc­ture and the im­prove­ment of the lives of the res­i­dents.”

De Wet said the strik­ers had se­cure, well-paid jobs, un­like many other res­i­dents.

“To be a civil ser­vant means to be there to serve the ratepay­ers and res­i­dents who pay their gen­er­ous salaries ev­ery month, in­stead of hold­ing them to ran­som and treat­ing them with no re­spect at all.”

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