By Ntokozo Mchunu
The employment of Umkhonto WeSizwe Military veterans has sparked a protest within the DSW unit at the Durban City centre the past few days. This is following the allegation that the eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede employed former veterans in the unit at higher pay grades than the rest of the staff without any consultation.
The workers brought parts of the city to a standstill as they parked municipal trucks across some of the cities main routes which created traffic and chaos. Refuse bags opened and thrown on the roads. The eThekwini municipality urged all residents to not put refuse bags out until services resumed which is still not known at this point until a settlement is reached. However, the workers voiced that they also deserve the same amount paid to the MK veterans.
In a statement that was released on Wednesday, the city reached a decision that they were to halt employing Mk veterans at a higher wage scale.
The Spokesperson for S.A Municipal workers union in KZN said the ball was in municipality’s court and that workers affiliated with SAMWU were not to return until a settlement is reached with employer.
Unions and employer are still in talks, protesters are hopeful their grievances and concerns will be heard