Democratic Alliance unimpressed with R318 million for Tshwane strikers

Democratic Alliance unimpressed with R318 million for Tshwane strikers

- Democratic Alliance governance chief James Selfe is not impressed with the agreement reached with protesting Tshwane workers

- A R318 million bonus agreement was made with the workers after they brought the city to a standstill last week

- Selfe is concerned that the deal will cost the city a great deal of funding, with the opposition party looking into the legality of the settlement

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James Selfe is unimpressed with the R318 million bonus agreement reached with striking workers in Tshwane.

The DA governance chief will be meeting with City of Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa to discuss if the deal was legal.

The area was brought to a standstill for three days as the protestors lashed out over a R38 million salary increase for senior staff.

The South African reports that of the 64 senior staff members, only 9 were qualified to do their jobs.

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The salary debacle and the ensuing strike left the city trashed, with workers demanding an 18% wage increase, vowing to protest until a deal was struck.

The senior staff members were told to 'pay back the money', after having received over R600 000 each in bonuses.

Selfe mentioned his concerns over the situation, commenting that the agreement saw a great deal of funding diverted:

“Now that’s going to cost the city R318 million, it is a lot of money. What we are doing is looking at whether this is legal because we don’t want to get outside of the yearly bargaining cycle. If you start making adaptions to salaries outside of the cycle, you can find yourself out of step with the rest of the municipalities and that will have very serious consequences for the residents of Tshwane. We will be engaging very intensively with him on the subject.”

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