The George Municipality in the Southern Cape says its continuing negotiations with municipal unions whose members have embarked on an unprotected strike.
IMATU and SAMWU are demanding a lumpsum pay of 64-million-rand in "danger pay" for work during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The unions say their members are essential workers and want payment
for the past nine months.
Municipality spokesperson, Chantèl Edwards-Klose, says the work is a standard task as per job description.
" Organised labour has demanded a sum of R20 000 per person, for a period of nine months, which totals a lumpsum of R64 million rand.
This demand is unable to be met by the George Municipality, given the losses and financial impact Covid-19 has had on the municipality itself.
The payment of R64 million would essentially financially cripple the municipality at a time when there are huge infrastructure demands for the city and place the burden directly on the public in the form of additional rate increases "
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