After four days of the Tshwane CBD being brought to a complete standstill due to the South Africa Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal Allied Trade Union (Imatu) demanding an 18% pay hike, an agreement has been reached.
Protestors used buses and trucks to barricade different routes in and out of the CBD, creating a major traffic nightmare.
In a tweet on Friday morning, the City said that the strike had now been terminated and it would work to restore services.
Please note the Employer, IMATU and SAMWU have reached an agreement. The unprotected strike has been terminated. Details to follow. We'll work tirelessly to restore services.— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) August 2, 2019
To discuss the end of the strike, Clement Manyathela, on the Xolani Gwala Show, chats to Imatu Tshwane regional manager Rudy de Bruin and Samwu general secretary Koena Ramatlou.
The agreement signed late last night did away with the strike and there was some form of negotiation for the employees that didn't benefit from the increases that were given to other employees. The matter has been resolved and a specific settlement agreement has been signed.— Rudy de Bruin, Tshwane regional manager - Imatu
He says all parties at the meeting gave the undertaking that they are committed to restoring order and stability within the city centre.
Ramatlou says workers are back at work after the agreement was signed ensuring that union members would return to their jobs.
We signed an agreement that ensures that workers are going to be benefitting through a process that we are going to embark on in the city.— Koena Ramatlou, General secretary - Samwu
Listen below to the full interview: