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Pretoria – Unions in Tshwane disagree with interim city manager Mmaseabata Mutlaneng after refusing to comply with her directive recalling all employees to work.
In an internal circular dated February 23, Mutlaneng ordered staff to work at 100% capacity due to recent evidence that Covid-19 transmissions have declined significantly. She assured the workers that the municipality would put in place health protocols and social distancing measures.
However, the unions – the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) – have questioned his decision to stop rotating shifts without consulting them first.
In a scathing letter sent to Mutlaneng, Samwu regional secretary Mpho Tladinyane said: âThe decision by the interim city manager to recall all workers is one-sided and was never discussed or engaged with workers during of the Covid-19 Tactical Committee meeting. “
He said the latest agreement between the unions and the employer was that staff should work at 70% capacity in accordance with the adjusted level 3 protocol.
Contacted yesterday in light of the adjusted Level 1 announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, he said the union continued to stick to its guns.
However, he said, “Adjusted Risk Level 1 as approved by the Tactical Committee stated that employee recall should be between 90% and 100%.”
The parties will call a meeting on Monday to further discuss the matter with the employer.
This week, workers were still working on shifts and not at 100% capacity.
Tladinyane said Mutlaneng must renounce behaving like an “independent state” and abide by government regulations that “all people capable of working from home must do so.”
He said union members would not “return to work in accordance with your illegal and misinformed directive.”
Imatu regional chairman Wynand Potgieter said the union’s position to keep workers on rotation would remain until the next tactical meeting has taken place with workers and the employer and “changes are made. made accordingly “.
“We will not endanger the safety of our members without proper consultation,” he said.
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