Uproar in DA-led municipality as workers demand parity
SAMWU members at the DA-run Mookgophong-Modimolle municipality in Limpopo have called for the head of municipal manager, Phineas Sebola, following accusations that he trivializes their demands.
The union members have been demanding parity in salary across all departments in the municipality.
Shop steward Solly Teffo said that after the amalgamation of the two municipalities, SA Local Government Association (SALGA) made a presentation to the council, and an arrangement was made for parity to be introduced on 25 November 2017. He accused Sebola of dragging his feet in the implementation of parity.
Teffo also accused Sebola of “secretly”postponing a meeting to discuss the implementation of parity with the Mayor, Marlene van Staden, and SALGA: “The mayor [on the date of the meeting] decided to call SALGA to check if they will still make it to the meeting.
“That is when she was told that Sebola told them that the meeting was postponed. She then decided to call Sebola and check if what SALGA just told her was true, but he decided not to answer his phone and she tried that three times in our presence,” Teffo said.
Teffo claimed that Sebola was not in good terms with the Mayor and “he is fighting her at our expense, and he knew that should he defy the Council and SALGA, we will go on strike.”
“We as workers demand that Sebola must resign and if he doesn’t resign, we will call on the Council to dismiss him with immediate effect since he failed to comply with their ruling they made 12 months ago,” he said.
Several attempts to reach Sebola for comment failed.
But Van Staden blamed the collapse of the meeting on lack of communication within the municipality.
But explaining the situation at the municipality, she said: “SALGA has been to us two times already to help us with this whole project and the Council accepted everything in terms of the recommendations and the administration to implement that project.
“We then received a letter from SALGA on the 14 of November saying there were some processes that have not been completed and that is why they have been unable to implement the whole new salary structure.”
SALGA labour relations manager Dan Raseloma said: “SALGA is doing everything to remedy the situation at the municipality and we made a commitment to them that we will assist them with the process but there are some things which we need the municipality to make input on such as job descriptions which will be done through the process of job evaluations.”