Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba has finalized agreement with the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) led by its general-secretary  Zwelinzima Vavi to reinstates 280 workers that were fired 23 years ago.

“The City will ensure that these workers are considered for existing and new vacancies and will be appointed where possible into permanent positions over the next six months … The Johannesburg Metropolitan Council and the Saftu further agreed that the City will work tirelessly to investigate what became of these workers’ pension funds‚” Mashaba’s office said on Thursday.

In 1994, over 500 workers went on strike to protest the corruption that happening within the formal Midrand Council. They where later dismissed without payoff talk less of pension entitlements.

“It is also a victory for all workers‚ as it has set an important precedent. These workers are setting a precedent and a fine example for all those workers who have been unfairly retrenched. They have proved that resistance is not futile‚ and that victory is still possible‚ however great the hardships they and their families have suffered‚ the loss of some of their comrades and the repeated refusal of previous council leaders to take up their case‚” the federation said.

 SA Federation of Trade Union was pleased with the cities decisions.