Up­roar in DA-led mu­nic­i­pal­ity as work­ers de­mand par­ity

African Times - - News - ISAAC RAMOTHWALA

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.”

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