The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has called on the immediate reinstatement of 40 Ekurhuleni employees, who were reportedly dismissed to cover up money laundering.
In a statement on Wednesday, 5 February 2020, SAMWU demanded the urgent reinstatement of 40 workers from Ekurhuleni, who were allegedly unfairly dismissed. “The South African Municipal Workers’ Union has noted with great disappointment and disgust the irrational decision taken by the Ekurhuleni Metro to summarily dismiss 40 employees of the Environmental Resources and Waste Management Department,” read the statement.
The Ekurhuleni Metro expressed that the employees in question were relieved of duty due to being unruly and “committing gross misconduct which warrants immediate termination of their contracts of employment without following any disciplinary processes.” The report alleges that upon reporting for duty, the workers were taken into police custody, after management had alleged that said employees had prevented illegally appointed contractors to carry out their waste collection and disposal duties.
SAMWU further stated that instead of the vacancies being filled by individuals, they were, instead, awarded to tenderpreneurs who are said to be known beneficiaries of political parties in the city. “The contractors always charge exorbitant amounts for the same work that municipal employees can do, on top of that, the contractors pay their employees peanuts with no job security or benefits.”
The trade union promised to continue its fight in ensuring the immediate reinstatement of the 40 employees. It claimed that their dismissal was meant to instil fear amongst workers so money laundering could continue without intervention.