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SAMWU Update on West Rand District Municipality Non-payment of Salaries

01 November 2018 / Press Statement

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes and welcomes the Constitution Court judgment delivered on the 29th October wherein the union leadership has been confirmed by the Apex Court, highest court in the land under the case number CCT 177/18.  

The Municipality had failed to honor its contractual agreement with workers by not paying all workers their salaries on the 25th. Over and above the failure to pay salaries, third parties such as medical aid, pension fund and union subscriptions have not been paid in over three months.  

The situation which the WRDM is in can only be attributed to the failure by the Municipality to properly manage its funds including the illconsived decision to invest over R77 million with VBS Mutual Bank.

If workers had not taken matters into their hands yesterday, they would obviously not be paid to this day. We will therefore be pushing hard to ensure that the WRDM pays all third parties which are in arrears. We cannot allow a situation wherein workers have to suffer as a result of the bad decisions taken by the Municipality, decisions which they were not party to.


Issued by SAMWU West Rand Region  

Siseko Siyothula Regional Secretary (081 282 4640)