- The City of Ekurhuleni has clamped down on employees who aren't toeing the line
- The metro axed 40 workers after they embarked on a rampage over the weekend
- Other employees that chose not to partake in the riots were targeted, with two narrowly escaping death
40 City of Ekurhuleni employees has been fired for 'constantly rendering waste collection services mainly in Kempton Park unworkable'.
The metro issued a statement explaining why the decision had been taken to axe the workers, revealing that they had embarked on a 'rampage'.
Fellow crew members who continued working were harassed and one crew was assaulted while collecting waste:
“In that incident, a truck driver and an operator were doused with petrol but managed to escape uninjured before their truck was set alight."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the fired workers were accused of:
- Using municipal trucks to stop vehicles from exiting the depot, thus disrupting service delivery
- Turning away four waste management trucks from executing rubbish pick-ups
- Intimidating and harassing private contractors who were busy with refuse removal
The city revealed the rioting employees were not even meant to be at work on the day:
“The perpetrators were not even scheduled to perform functions on 1 February 2020 and their presence at the depot can only be construed to have been for the purposes of disrupting the operations of the employer."
Ward councillor Ande Du Plessis says that discussions between the city and employees had fallen flat:
“There were extensive discussions on Friday between the metro and the appropriate labour forums to resolve disputes related to the fact that the City has been forced to employ the services of outside contractors to assist with the rapidly collapsing waste removal service delivery within large parts of the City, plus curtail the exorbitantly escalating costs of overtime within the waste department."
Nevertheless, the metro is standing firm in its decision to cut ties with the disgruntled workers:
“The conduct of these employees is clearly endangering the lives and safety of people in the municipality as well as service providers, and there is a high propensity for the continuation of damages to the property of the municipality and service providers should these persons continue in the service of the municipality."
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