Pikitup workers back on strike
Lizeka Tandwa, News24
Johannesburg – Pikitup workers have embarked on yet another unprotected strike after they had resolved to go back to work following a two-week-long strike in November.
Waste management company Pikitup announced that it was experiencing service delivery disruptions due to an illegal work stoppage by its employees affiliated to the union Samwu.
In a statement to the media, Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu said the illegal work stoppage would affect refuse collection in the whole of Johannesburg.
Mashapu said they are appealing to residents and business owners to leave their bins inside their yards until further notice.
"These disruptions are of great concern to us, our shareholder, but most importantly our residents and the business owners serviced by Pikitup on a daily basis," the statement reads.
Mashapu said it was unfortunate that the union had embarked on yet another unprotected work stoppage.
Earlier this month, Samwu signed an agreement with the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department and the City of Johannesburg that allowed the Gauteng provincial government to appoint a senior counsel who would act as a mediator between management and staff, with the aim of resolving grievances from Pikitup workers.
Around 5 000 striking workers had been demanding salary increases and an end to contract work.