AFTER a week of silence and no attempt by Nelson Mandela Bay political bosses to hold a council meeting to resolve the impasse with striking municipal workers, the situation reached boiling point yesterday when the fed-up staff held their colleagues hostage.
The frustrated library and traffic administration workers barred any entry and exit from the Lillian Diedericks and Mafansekhaya Gqobose buildings (former Brister House and Eric Tindale Building) while they protested outside and demanded a four-notch salary increase from senior management.
Yesterday's action followed a meeting between the SA Municipal Workers' Union and the mayoral committee on Wednesday last week which deadlocked after they failed to reach a settlement. The industrial action is now in its fourth week.
The union is angry because mayor Ben Fihla is said to be backtracking on the salary grading agreement between his task team and the employees due to uncertainty over its legality.
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