Pikitup strike turns violent

Pikitup has asked police to guarantee their safety after a truck driver was attacked in Randburg.

FILE: No refuse had been collected in many Johannesburg suburbs due to the Pikitup strike. Picture: twitter/@urbanjoburg

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup has called on Johannesburg police to guarantee their safety of its employees after a truck driver was attacked in Randburg on Monday.

Employees are striking over a court ruling which says they will not be provided with transport to and from work.

Pikitup's Desiree Nthsingila said strikers have been blocking trucks from leaving its depots.

She said Pikitup still hasnt received a formal notice of intention from unions or workers.

"We will get into some level of consultation because we haven't received a formal letter from unions or workers letting us know they are on strike."

Nthsingila said a few suspension letters have already been issued.

She added that those who continued striking would face disciplinary action.

A total of five Johannesburg depots including Randburg, Avalon, Norwood, Roodepoort and Southdale have been affected.

Nthsingila has appealed to residents to keep rubbish bins on their premises while talks with employees continue.