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Pikitup employee lays charges against police

Samwu’s Emmanuel Koadibane says police mishandled him while arresting him during a march yesterday.

Rubbish piles up on Louis Botha Avenue due to the ongoing strike action by Piki Tup. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN
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JOHANNEBSURG - While the City of Johannesburg has called on Pikitup staff who have been intimidated by striking workers to lay charges with the police, at least one worker is laying charges against police.

Some Pikitup employees downed tools again this week, calling for Managing Director Amanda Nair to step down and also demanding a basic salary of R10,000 per month.

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) Emmanuel Koadibane says police mishandled him while arresting him during a march to hand over a memorandum of grievances to Pikitup management yesterday.

“I was physically assaulted by the police in Hillbrow. I’m going to open a case because I went to the doctor yesterday, immediately after that, I didn’t even sleep yesterday.”

Koadibane says Pikitup promised negotiations would be finalised in January regarding salary increases but failed to meet the deadline.

“This was a benchmarking that was supposed to be finished in January. Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg never meet the deadline; the deadline was February and now it’s March.”

Meanwhile, national structures of Samwu have called on Johannesburg members to go back to work immediately, but regional leaders say they will continue until all their demands are met.

The union’s regional leader Paul Tlhabang says, “Our case is solely on those two demands.”

The city says workers who remain on strike will be dismissed.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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