JMPD, unions reach ‘amicable agreement’ after wage-related strike

Spokesperson Xolani Fihla said the officers and the City of Joburg had reached an agreement.

Samwu Gauteng regional chairperson Ester Mtatyana said the wage agreement would be signed on Friday.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Xolani Fihla says the city reached an amicable resolution with striking police officers after they embarked on a wage-related strike on Thursday.

Fihla could not divulge details about the agreement, saying the city would issue a statement in due course.

He told News24 that striking members were affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu).

He said between 100 and 200 officers joined the demonstrations. Asked if the agreement meant there would be no more demonstrations, Fihla responded: “We don’t expect any disruptions or disturbances.”

Fihla told News24 earlier that officers had blocked the M2 highway in the city centre from 13:00.

Samwu Gauteng regional chairperson Ester Mtatyana told News24 the wage agreement would be signed on Friday after union representatives were in a meeting with the acting city manager Bryne Maduka.

However, she denied that Samwu members had been on strike.

“We were not on strike, we were in a general meeting. We work on the streets, the road is our office and we wanted the acting city manager to come and address us in our office. If the city manager had come on time, there would not have been any blockades. He delayed and we had to wait for him,” she said.

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