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Samwu accuses City of JHB of ‘avoiding crucial talks’

Samwu’s Paul Tlhabang maintains there has been no word from the municipality.

Striking Pikitup workers affiliated to Samwu embarked on an unprotected strike in the Johannesburg CBD on 10 March 2016. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNNESURG - With the City of Johannesburg calling on South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) to return to negotiations over an employee strike at Pikitup, the municipal union has accused the city of playing hide and seek, and avoiding talks to find a solution.

Employees at the waste management company are still on strike calling for salary inconsistencies among the workforce to be addressed.

Workers are also accusing managing director Amanda Nair of corruption and are calling for her to step down.

Johannesburg's Environment and Infrastructure MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe says the city has done its calculations on salary anomalies and needs the union to come back to the table to see the new offer.

But Samwu's Paul Tlhabang says there has been no word from the municipality.

"We're waiting for the mandating committee to call us to say we are ready to engage you because we have given our proposal and since then management has decided to go undercover."

Earlier, there were reports of intimidation of outsourced workers.

Pikitup has said it wouldn't reveal details relating to its back-up plan, to avoid the intimidation of the company and individuals involved.

But Mfikoe said reports of intimidation were received overnight.

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