Samwu mobilises more workers to join Joburg strike

Lizeka Tandwa, News24

Johannesburg - The SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has said it is mobilising workers from the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to join striking members in the ongoing unprotected strike in Johannesburg.

Samwu's Papikile Mohale said Pikitup workers from Ekurhuleni Metro are expected to join the strike in the next few days. This, he said, will make the Gauteng province ungovernable.

"We are in the process of mobilising workers at Ekurhuleni and we expect they will be joining the strike today or tomorrow. We have reached an impasse with management, which is why we are continuing with the strike," Mohale said.

Mohale denied allegations that Samwu's affiliated Pikitup workers have been violent during the two-week-long strike. He said this was a ploy by management to discredit their cause.

The Waste management company Pikitup has been crippled by the strike which has seen most of Johannesburg ravished by dirt. ‎Pikitup sent letters of intent to suspend four Samwu shop stewards as a result of the unending strike.

Mohale said workers are demanding to have permanent employment with benefits from their employer.

He said workers are also demanding the resignation of Pikitup boss Amanda Nair.