During an illegal stand-off earlier yesterday, employees demanded an unplanned meeting with the Acting Municipal Manager, Neil Diamond and when they were told he was attending another meeting and could not meet them immediately they resorted to trashing the Civic Centre, blockaded all entrances into the Civic Centre and further trashed streets in the CBD.
Some employees continued to undermine the rights of those choosing not to participate in the unlawful acts by forcing them out of their work stations.
According to a statement released by the municipality, it states that a number of internal meetings have been held with employees to resolve issues raised with management after the amalgamation of the two disestablished municipalities of Mbombela and Umjindi.
Most of the issues centred around the grading of the new entity, the placement process of employees and purported salary disparities of employees performing same duties, to which the management had responded to, indicating that most of them could only be addressed after the conclusion of the placement process.
“The municipality slams all acts of criminality and will pursue internal disciplinary processes against those found to have contravened the code of conduct. It is also common course that some did not work today to which the principle of No Work, No Pay will apply.Should the employees persist with this line of action, the municipality will put contingency plans in place to continue rendering essential services to the community and minimize disruptions that could be caused. The City of Mbombela wishes to unequivocally apologize to its rate payers and all citizens alike for the disruption of services and the inconvenience caused by these unprecedented actions. ” reads the statement.