Lesedi municipal workers picket outside municipality to have their demands met by executive mayor

Lesedi municipal workers picket outside municipality to have their demands met by executive mayor

Lesedi Municipal workers said they are aggrieved about certain issues such as the fact that employees are given ‘unroadworthy vehicles from Ekurhuleni to work with’.

In a four page memorandum, SAMWU requested that amongst others, the following issues be addressed by councillor Maloka within seven days:

  • the victimisation of former municipal manager Paul Mpele
  • the instability within the senior management structure of the municipality
  • the silent wholesale of municipal land
  • the sitting of MMC Moremi in the supply chain bid committee to influence the outcomes of the Security tender process
  • a detailed report on what happened to the money generated from the trust in Heidelberg Mall

“LLM has been hijacked by looters masquerading as councillors, and has as a result thereof become unstable,” William Masela, chairperson of SAMWU said.

Scores of Lesedi Local Municipality (LLM) workers affiliated under the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in Heidelberg, picketed in front of the municipal building where they handed over a memorandum of grievances to executive mayor Lerato Maloka on October 29.

Some of SAMWU’s demands as set out in die memorandum, include:

  • that an investigation be commissioned on the missing vehicles by the end of November
  • that the personal protection equipment and other health and safety tools be issued to employees twice a year
  • that councillor Maloka requests intervention from the minister, the provincial executive committee of the ANC and the MEC of CoGTA by November 15 on the matter of Paul Mbele
  • that all employees work in accordance with their job descriptions and be provided with the correct tools to execute the task at hand
  • an investigation into the Heidelberg Mall Trust and beneficiaries thereof.

Councillor Maloka accepted the memorandum and confirmed that SAMWU will receive a written reply within seven days.

Acting municipal manager Gugu Simelane and executive mayor of Lesedi Local Municipality taking notes during the protest action by municipal workers, which was led by the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU).

Make sure to read HERAUT on November 7 for the full story on this.

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