JOHANNESBURG - A strike at Rand Water has been averted, for now.
The agency and municipal workers' union Samwu has reached an out of court settlement.
Samwu called for the strike after Rand Water refused to pay a discretionary incentive bonus.
The union claims its members earned the bonus by meeting Rand Water's targets.
The state utility and Samwu entered into negotiations for a settlement after Rand Water approached the labour court for an interdict on Wednesday.
Samwu represents 60% of Rand Water's employees, but the utility is hoping that its designation as an essential service will stop all of them from downing tools.
The union says its intent on securing a 14th cheque for its members - even if it has to strike to achieve it.
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