Pikitup, unions in strike talks

Rubbish is piling up on the streets of Johannesburg as Pikitup workers strike.

No refuse had been collected on St. George’s Street in Bellevue, Johannesburg by Saturday 6 July 2013 due to the Pikitup strike. Picture: twitter/@urbanjoburg

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup and unions are meeting on Monday in a bid to end an illegal strike that has left rubbish piling up around Johannesburg.

Staff at various depots embarked on the strike on Monday morning.

At least six depots have seen interruptions.

The waste management company said the strike was as a result of a court ruling, which stated employees would not be provided with transport to and from work.

Pikitup spokesperson Desiree Ntshingila said, "We have been informed that the strike has escalated in some of our depots. Police were called in to keep an eye on protesters."

In May, workers embarked on a strike as they were unhappy with the new management and new company policies.

They were particularly disgruntled by the implementation of a biometric access control system.

The strike was later called off.