CWP Workers demand increase
Workers of the Community Works Programme (CWP) under Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTa) in eThekwini brought the Durban CBD to a standstill, when they marched through the city centre to deliver a memorandum of demands to the office of the Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda on Friday, 5 August 2022.
The groups leader, Nozipho Zulu expressed that the march was an effort to show their dissatisfaction with their salaries.
“Our participants earn R880 monthly while the supervisors only earn R2 500. Our workers demand an increase of up to R2 500 because the cost of living is too high,” said Zulu.
Speaking to Iziko, Zulu mentioned that she had written a letter addressed to the City Mayor on 8 March 2022 which had gone unanswered.
“The march was our plan B. Our plan A, was the letter I wrote to the mayor, but he did not respond. I left several messages of which he did not bother to get back to me,” she said.
An Advisor at the office of the mayor, Mlungisi Ntombela accepted the memorandum, promising the workers that his office would engage in talks with all the relevant stakeholders and to look into the matter. Ntombela also thanked the workers for embarking on a peaceful march.
“We will call on all those involved and your leadership to pave the way forward. We understand that you are working in eThekwini centers. Therefore, we will not underestimate your concerns,” said Ntombela.
CPW leader, Zulu emphasised that they would be expecting the mayors office to give them a response within 14 working days.
“If we don’t get answers in 14 days, we will be forced to fight because it will be clear to us that burning of tires is the only language they understand,” Zulu concluded.
Khwezi Cele & Ntokozo Cele