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SAMWU Demands Implementation of Council Resolutions
16 February 2016
The South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) in the Tshwane region has noted and welcomes the 2016 City of Tshwane Council resolution of the reintegration of Sandspruit Water Association (Odi Water Services) back into the City of Tshwane. We have since consulted our members and they support the decision taken by Council. This was informed by the fact that the entity has been struggling to provide quality services as a result of various challenges including poor revenue collection mechanisms amongst others.
We are however disappointed that there has been no movement in ensuring that this resolution is implemented. The fact that there is a new administration does not mean that previous council resolutions should be shelved and not implemented. We therefore urge the new administration to speedily implement this resolution which was legitimately passed by the previous administration in the interest of service delivery. An implementation of this resolution will receive SAMWU's full support.
Most importantly our support for this resolution is backed by the union's congress resolutions and our Egoli 2000 campaign which sought to fight against privatization of municipal services. We are of the view that municipal services should be rendered by people employed directly and permanently by municipalities.
As such, we will continue our campaign against privatization and institutionalisation of municipal services in the form of Municipal Owned Entities and the tendering system. The project of demanding remunicipalisation of municipal services therefore remains central to the union projects and campaigns.
Just as the union's National Office has indicated, any talks of reintegration should be preceded by consultation between the employer and employees concerned. There can be no talk about workers without workers.
Issued by SAMWU Tshwane Region
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