Strike continues in South African World Cup cities as dustbins overturned

10:43, April 14, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Up to 60,000 members of the South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) continued their strike in South Africa's major cities on Tuesday, overturning dustbins and setting refuse alight.

In some towns which are trying to spruce themselves up ahead of the FIFA World Cup, strikers overturned dustbins.

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) failed in its labor court bid to prohibit the industrial action. Its application was withdrawn and SALGA ordered to carry the strikers' costs of opposing the application.

In Port Elizabeth, a FIFA World Cup host city on South Africa' s east coast, a group of SAMWU members overturned dustbins and scattered litter around the municipal office.

However, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported that police kept their distance as there was no damage to property.

In Durban, another FIFA World Cup host city further north on South Africa's east coast, about 30 people picketed outside the city hall,dressed in red union t-shirts, dancing and singing with placards cannot afford to pay for their water and electricity, salaries not affording" and "municipalities must pay same salaries for grades."

They marched into the city's treasury department and demanded people in the building stop working, but a security guard closed the doors, leaving them singing outside.

According to SAPA, about 12,000 people are expected at Durban's SAMWU march, planned for Thursday.

In Kimberley in South Africa's Northern Cape province, municipal spokesman Sello Matsie said streets were again strewn with litter and other services such as meter reading and vehicle registration services disrupted.

Northern Cape Samwu provincial secretary Duma Lebakeng said after handing over a memorandum at the municipality refuse was set alight before police put out the fire.

In South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, refuse was not collected, and commuters who used council buses had to make alternative arrangements.

SAPA reported that the strike is a bid by Samwu to resolve seven-year negotiations to make middle and lower income municipal workers' salaries market related.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion