History of the South African
Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU)
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- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to speak at SAMWU Womens'
- SAMWU Statement, 23 September 1999. The conference is the
culmination of two years of intensive surveying of womens' needs
in local government by SAMWU Womens' Committees, which have
been established from branch to national level. The surveys will
form the basis for the launch of a SAMWU Womens' Charter at the
- Union declares deadlock with Johannesburg Council
over Igoli 2002!
- SAMWU Press Statement, 5 October 1999. The South African Municipal
Workers' Union forced to declare a dispute with the Greater
Johannesburg Council after months of negotiations around the
Igoli 2002 restructuring plan failed. This means the parties
will now have to enter into a conciliation process to see if the
deadlock can be broken, and failing that, the union's 25 thousand
Johannesburg members will either embark on industrial action or
the union will take the matter up in arbitration.
- IGOLI 2002 Dispute - Conciliation stalls this
- SAMWU Statement, 28 October 1999. The dispute was declared almost
one month ago on the grounds that the Igoli 2002 amounted to
unilateral restructuring without consultation and that council
was implementing the plan while still it was still under negotiation.
Progress was made when labour and Council agreed on two people as
independent mediators and mediation will start in 14 days.
- SAMWU Biwater campaign targets Dutch firm NUON
- SAWU press statement, 27 March 2000. Report back from the World
Water Forum in the Hague last week, which was a 130 governments-big
business-World Bank sponsored conference where NGOs and labor were
sidelined. NUON's 50% investment in Biwater was a hotly contested
privatisation which eventually went ahead in October 1999 under
protest from the unions.
- Wages settled!
- SAMWU Press Statement, Friday May 12th, 2000. National wage
negotiations in the
municipal sector, covering 240 thousand municipal workers,
were settled. The South African Municipal Workers Union and
the SA Local Government Association agreed on a wage
- Waterboards wage negotiations stall
- SAMWU Statement, 19 May 2000. SAMWU's wage negotiations for workers
in waterboards have stalled. At the Rand Water Board, which provides
bulk water services to Gauteng and parts of the North West and
Mpumalanga, management indicated that it was not prepared to respond
to many of the demands placed on the table, even though SAMWU had
reduced the wage demand to 12.1% from 15% for support staff.
- Moratorium placed on iGoli 2002
- Sapa, 28 june 2000. Over 10,000 workers attended a rally
to celebrate a moratorium on the implementation of all
Igoli 2002 plans. Samwu and the Independent Municipal and
Allied Union (Imatu) staged a sit-in in protest against
the privatisation and restructuring plan.
- SAMWU on events in Johannesburg
- SAMWU Press Statement, 3 July 2000. The South African Municipal
Workers Union and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union
will be returning to the Johannesburg Metro Division of the
Bargaining Council this Wednesday July 5th, 2000. The Bargaining
Council will reconvene to chart a way forward after last week's
Special Plenary deadlocked. An end to commercialisation of
Johannesburg's assets would mean that various lucrative positions
would no longer be available, and therefore the moratorium does
not suit the personal interests of officials.
- Workers demonstrate against the iGoli 2002
- SABC News, 3 July 2000. Johannesburg Municipal workers
took to the streets to protest against the city's iGoli
2002 privatisation plan, after decision by the city's
council to go ahead with the first phase of its
implementation plan which will result in four of the
council's assets being taken over by private companies,
despite an agreement reached last week between workers
and the council to put the process on hold.
- iGoli 2002 strike hangs in the balance
- By Elliot Sylvester, Saturday Star, 7 July 2000. Samwu
president Petrus Mashishi said Tuesday's proposed strike action
depends on how the council responds to its restructuring demands.
After disruptive union demonstrations against corporatisation and
retrenchments, the council now appears committed to finding