ANGRY municipal workers stormed the Port Elizabeth City Hall yesterday and held municipal officials and councillors hostage for four hours, demanding salary increases promised to them two months ago.
Police were called in to break open a padlock shortly after noon to free the group of about 25 councillors and metro officials.
The workers – admin staff at the city's libraries and traffic department – have gone on the rampage this week, ransacking the Sidwell traffic department and disrupting a high school group quiz at the Newton Park Library.
The incidents have prompted DA leader Leon de Villiers to forbid the party's councillors from attending council and committee meetings until the city can guarantee their safety.
The workers, affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu), are demanding their pay goes up four notches on their salary grades as mayor Ben Fihla's task team had agreed to pay them last month, subject to council's approval.
However, the payments have not been approved yet as the last three council meetings were all postponed.
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