More City of Cape Town Workers’ facing unpaid leave due to Covid 19 Quarantine.

17 June 2020

More City of Cape Town Workers’ facing unpaid leave due to Covid 19 Quarantine.

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) Cape Metro Region is registering yet again it’s desertification with the manner in which the City is treating its employees. After the Parow Depot: Solid Waste Management Department case of unpaid due to Covid 19 Quarantine, we are faced with another similar situation in the very same department. Our members at Ndabeni Depot: By-Law Enforcement Unit are informed that they will not be paid for the period they were told to stay at home while the City was busy purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE).

It was not our members’ fault that the City did not have enough PPE at that time, but now workers must pay the prize of not getting paid for that period. This clearly shows that this City is run by people who are heartless and incompetent. These people only think of themselves and not the next person who must also feed their families just like them.

Our members are under attack by this ruthless and arrogant employer and we are busy engaging our members with a view to defend ourselves. The Union will declare mass disputes to the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). We are also not ruling out a possible mass action which might be very soon because our members are frustrated and their families are suffering due to these non-payment of salaries.

We are saying to the City of Cape Town, “Workers’ Rights are Human Rights hands off our member!”

For more information Contact:

Mikel Kumalo
SAMWU: Cape Metro Regional Secretary
083 265 1516


Bridgette Nkomana
SAMWU: Cape Metro Deputy Regional Secretary
074 484 0316