Pikitup obtains court order to get employees back to work

Pikitup management has now turned to the courts as its workers continue to strike across Johannesburg.

Pikitup employees affiliated to Samwu embarked on an unprotected strike through the streets if Johannesburg.Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup has obtained a court interdict this afternoon ordering all its striking employees to return to their work stations immediately.

Thousands of Pickitup workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) went on strike yesterday affecting all depos in Johannesburg.

Workers are demanding salary increases and better working conditions.

Pikitup management has now turned to the courts as it's workers continue to strike across Johannesburg.

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Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu says those who continue to participate in the illegal strike will be punished.

"If the people continue to strike we'll also exercise our right in terms of the labour relations act. It will be no work - no pay."

Mashapu says they will only take to workers if they return to their stations.

"First they must go back to work, then we can sit and talk to them and get to understand what their real issues are."

Nine people were injured this afternoon during a demonstration in the Johannesburg CBD when police intervened to disperse the crowd.

Burnt rubbish, dustbins and tyres lie scattered on the streets outside Pickitup's headquarters and mayor's office.