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Samwu, Pikitup agreement on the cards

The union is awaiting a new salary offer from management, before presenting the proposal to its members.

FILE: Four thousand workers affiliated to the union have received notice of suspension due to their embarking on an unprotected strike. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has hinted an agreement with Pikitup management may be on the cards.

The umbrella body says it believes the deal is being finalised.

Union leaders are awaiting a new salary offer from management, before presenting the proposal to its members.

Samwu is demanding salary hikes of between R8,000 and R10,000 for the lowest paid workers.

While the close to month-long strike drags on, uncollected refuse bins are piling up in residential areas and in the Johannesburg CBD.

Volunteers and contractors have been doing their best by removing as much of the rubbish as possible, to avert a health crisis.

Samwu's Paul Tlhabang is confident the end of the strike is in sight, depending what management's most recent offer entails.

"From the discussion of last Friday we are not that far apart. They were scared, but I'm not sure of what."

Four thousand workers affiliated to the union have received notice of suspension due to their embarking on an unprotected strike.

These employees will have to appear before a disciplinary hearing tomorrow morning.

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