RNM workers want axe to fall on department heads

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality's SAMWU secretary, Mbongeni Doyisa hands over a memorandum to mayor Cynthia Mqwebu last Thursday.

STAFF at Ray Nkonyeni Municipality told mayor Cynthia Mqwebu during their mass action last Thursday that they wanted nothing to do with the electronic time management system.

Although hundreds of thousands of rands were spent on installing the system a few years ago, workers want the council to do away with it.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality workers want nothing to do with the heads of technical services and corporate services.

The system reportedly costs some R250 000 a year to run.

In June, municipal manager Max Mbili told reporters that if workers continued to ‘steal’ from ratepayers’ purses by not clocking in on the system, they could forget about receiving their salaries or prepare to face charges.

“We don’t trust this system because it does not give accurate information. The MM and his cronies can easily use it against us,” said one angry worker.

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The group also wants head of corporate services Nelly Thabatha and head of technical services Sabatha Dlamini to be shown the door.

“We don’t want them. We have no proper working materials, no ablution facilities, not even toilet rolls or cleaning gloves, nothing,” said one.

The workers have accused Ms Thabatha of being a dictator who fails to consult with them and likened Mr Dlamini to a priest who ‘preaches’ a lot but fails to honor his promises.

It was also revealed at the march that the workers were not allowed to access the Human Resources office during certain hours of the day.

The mayor and council were given seven working days to respond to the following demands:

*Safe working environment;

*Full compliance with employment equity;

*Free access to the HR and treasury offices;

*Construction of new ablution facilities for all depots;

*Reviewing of Job Evaluations and the implementation of the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment.

RNM communications officer, Nomusa Zulu said council was still processing the memo submitted by workers, who could expect a response by Monday next week.

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