Deadlock in Pikitup negotiations

The stink builds up in Johannesburg after 1,000 Pikitup employees embarked on a strike.

Rubbish piles up on Louis Botha Avenue due to the ongoing strike action by Pikitup.Workers are striking over a court ruling which says they will not be provided with transport to and from work. Picture:Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - More than 1,000 employees of waste management company Pikitup are currently on strike, Pikitup's Desiree Ntshingila confirmed on Thursday.

Pikitup workers downed tools last week over a court ruling which said the company were not compelled to provide transport for workers to and from work.

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

Ntshingila says the company is in constant negotiations with unions to end the strike.

"So far nothing has been disclosed. It is however an internal matter and well just wait to see what the outcome is."

On Wednesday, the company called on Johannesburg police to guarantee the safety of its employees after a truck driver was attacked in Randburg on Monday.

Ntshingila said strikers have been blocking trucks from leaving its depots.

She said a few suspension letters have already been issued and added that those who continued striking would face disciplinary action.

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

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.