Amatola Water workers vow to intensify strike if demands are not met

Amatola Water workers vow to intensify strike if demands are not met

Workers at Amatola Water, in the Eastern Cape, say they will continue their strike next Wednesday if they don’t get a satisfactory response to their grievances from Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu.

They downed tools on Wednesday saying the management of the bulk water supplier was failing to address their complaints.

The workers have given management Wednesday next week as the deadline for addressing their complaints.

The workers who are members of trade union South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) say they suspended their strike action as it would have affected those who rely on Amatola Water.

Samwu Chairperson in the Amathole region, Victor Totolo says they will intensify their strike action if need be.

“We intend to uplift our action if the Minister is actually dealing with us in the manner in which the board chairperson has been dealing with us, undermining us. Meaning that displaying arrogance and undermining the people of this province, undermining the entity itself, undermining the workers. So that is what we have been experiencing in the past few days from the board Chairperson, but now we are say that we are going to allow the Minister the space to look into these issues, but in the event that is not responding or not coming to party in relation to our issues, then we will have no choice but to uplift our action,” says Totolo.

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