“Numerous requests to meet with the newly elected Municipal Management team to discuss our growing concerns have gone ignored. IMATU has maintained a good working relationship with the previous eThekwini Mayor and Municipal Manager and cannot understand why the incoming leadership would wish to start their tenure along such adversarial lines. As the majority union in the eThekwini Municipality, IMATU must be consulted when making decisions that directly affect our members,” stated IMATU President and eThekwini Regional Chairperson, Stanley Khoza.
IMATU’s decision to picket today highlights the union’s dissatisfaction with the conduct of the eThekwini Municipality’s leadership. Lack of consultation and continued disinterest in the rights of municipal workers have further exacerbated the following areas of contention;
• The continued failure to adequately consult with IMATU before making decisions that directly affect its members.
• The wilful delaying and subsequent deadlocking of negotiations around the payment of Group Life and Conditions of Service.
• The abuse of EPWP workers, many of whom are employed for years longer than their contracts stipulate and never made permanent
“As the majority union operating in the eThekwini Municipality, IMATU calls on the employer to return to the negotiating table in order to meaningfully engage around the issues raise. We believe in building a sustainable local government however, this commitment must be met by the necessary political will,” concluded Khoza.
The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) welcomes the decision of the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), Lesetja Kganyago, to reduce the current repo rate from 7% to 6.75%.
“While we welcome the Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to reduce interest rates, this decision will not in and of itself stimulate growth or produce more jobs. Like all South Africans, our members are really feeling the financial pinch of increasing living costs and decreasing disposable income. Increased interest rates would put excessive and unaffordable pressure on workers,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.
Amidst the country’s rather bleak economic outlook, IMATU encourages its members to use this small financial reprieve to save and urges South Africa’s political principals to provide decisive leadership and policy certainty.