South Africans should brace themselves for water cuts as Rand Water employees abandon posts and embark on strike action from Wednesday, 21 April.
The South African Municipal Worker’s Union (SAMWU) warned that water supply cannot be guaranteed but mentioned that essential service workers are expected to report for duty.
Disgruntled employees are demanding an R4000 increase, R15 000 sectoral minimum wage, R3500 housing allowance for every employee, and other benefits, performance-related bonuses, and allowances.
Rand Water supplies many municipalities across four provinces and the strike will impact both businesses and households.
— Rand Water (@Rand_Water) April 19, 2021
Rand Water has however issued a statement that there is a backup plan which will ensure water keeps flowing to their network of customers.
SAMWU disagrees and their latest tweet points to the strike commencing as planned, with no workers allowed to enter the Rand Water offices.
Whoever said Rand Water strike is cancelled, lied. The gates are closed, no worker is going in today. S ready ??? pic.twitter.com/CCdlnoEJ31
— SAMWU Official (@SAMWUnion) April 21, 2021