Steven Tau
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15 Oct 2015
9:00 am

City Power, union bid to avert strike

Steven Tau

A meeting between City Power and the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) which seeks to avert a looming strike, is expected to take place today.

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Speaking to The Citizen, Samwu’s deputy regional secretary Paul Tlhabang said they were invited by City Power’s chairperson of the board, Reverend Frank Chikane.

“The meeting will determine whether we will go ahead with the strike or not,” Tlhabang said. “We hope to hear the reverend saying a disciplinary process will be instituted against the company’s managing director, Sixelo Xulu, over allegations levelled against him.”

Last week, the union threatened to plunge residents in Johannesburg and surrounding areas into darkness come Monday, calling for the immediate suspension of Xulu, whom they accused of unilaterally implementing salary increases for certain employees since the beginning of the year, without jurisdiction or compliance with the company’s human resource policies.

They also accused Xulu of targeting several employees and instituting disciplinary action against them without there being any jurisdiction for doing so. City Power has since expressed concerns over the planned strike, saying Samwu’s intention to initiate action which will result in a total blackout of Johannesburg and all its suburbs, constitutes to constitutes a threat of sabotage against the company and the city’s residents.