Cape Town municipal protest delayed
Protest by Cape Town municipal workers is delayed by late buses, says SA Municipal Workers' Union.
A protest by Cape Town municipal workers on Thursday was delayed by late buses, the SA Municipal Workers' Union said.
Workers did not started marching at 10am as they were held up by the late release of Golden Arrow buses, regional secretary Mario Jacobs said.
About 100 people in Samwu shirts and reflective vests milled around on Keizergracht street, in Zonnebloem.
They were expected to start marching to the civic centre around 11.30am.
The union wants the city to hire more workers for municipal services. It is also unhappy about the salaries paid to workers hired under the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).
Provincial secretary Andre Adams said a permanent council worker was paid about R240 a day, whereas an EPWP worker got R60.
"The Democratic Alliance's announcement of job creation within the City of Cape Town is fake," Adams said.
"It is nothing but a political trick and a shameful exploitation of the poor, who are desperate for work and are prepared to work for peanuts."
Deputy city manager Mike Marsden would receive the union's memorandum of demands. There would be road closures between 10am and 2pm.
The rapid bus service MyCiti's main station at the civic centre would also be closed until 2pm. Its central bus station would be relocated temporarily to the corner of Heerengracht and Hertzog boulevards.