WORKERS at Walter Sisulu University have been on strike for six weeks, yet they are among the highest paid in the country, the university is bankrupt and it is one of the worst performing universities. It is not surprising then that in this climate of "entitlement", NMBM staff are among the highest paid of all the metros, yet the municipality is basically bankrupt and service delivery is at an all time low.
Ratepayers have understandably had enough and quite rightly should demand that the overpaid managers who received pay parity be corrected and that Mod Ndoyana be stopped from implementing unlawful increases (for Roland Williams, etc).
What puzzles me is why ratepayers are not equally outraged that promises of salary increases have been made to administrative staff and workers who are already earning exorbitant salaries?
For example, a general worker in NMBM earns a basic salary of R7488 to R7804 per month, while the same job at Ekhurleni Metro is currently advertised at R5860 to R6453 per month. On top of this they receive medical aid, pension fund, housing subsidies and 13th cheques.
A clerk at NMBM starts at a basic salary of R9237 compared to a clerk at Ethekweni Metro on R6329 per month. A secretary at NMBM starts at R15040 per month, whereas the same job at Ethekweni Metro is paid a starting salary of R7473 per month.
How can these overpaid (and mostly underworked) staff members continue to demand salary increases with some embarking on illegal "go-slows" and wildcat strikes, and how can councillors even contemplate entertaining their demands?
The ratepayers need to know where their hard-earned money is going and demand action and change, before, like Walter Sisulu University, the NMBM also "closes its doors".
Irate ratepayer, Port Elizabeth