iGoli 2002 strike hangs in the balance
By Elliot Sylvester, Saturday Star
7 July 2000
A decision on whether municipal workers in Johannesburg will go on
strike over the iGoli 2002 strategy on July 11 will be made on Monday
after negotiations between the South African Municipal Workers Union
(Samwu) and the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council.
Samwu president Petrus Mashishi said Tuesday's proposed strike action
depends on how the council responds to its restructuring demands.
He said the union would consider calling off the strike after Monday's
meeting, during which the way forward would be decided.
Mashishi said the union had won a "small victory" in being allowed to
participate in negotiations over the restructuring.
City manager Ketso Gordhan said workers would face disciplinary steps
if they took part in strike action because the council had obtained a
court order on Monday prohibiting such action.
After disruptive demonstrations by union members against
corporatisation and retrenchments on Monday, the union and council now
appear committed to finding amicable solutions.
Council Transformation Lekgotla head Kenny Fihla said both parties had
committed themselves to restructuring the city in line with the
Municipal Systems Bill, which is expected to be promulgated in
The agreement makes it possible for outstanding issues on iGoli 2002
to be discussed and mediated upon.