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City of JHB condemns Pikitup strike

The city says staff failed to use appropriate channels to raise their grievances.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg has condemned the Pikitup strike saying staff failed to use appropriate channels to raise their grievances.

Hundreds of workers went on strike on Monday demanding salary hikes and better working conditions.

Pikitup management was granted a court interdict ordering all refuse removal staff to return to their posts.

As rubbish continues to pile up around Johannesburg, the city says Pikitup workers need to air their frustrations through the relevant channels.

It says while workers have called on Mayor Parks Tau to intervene, they've approached the city's environment and infrastructure services first, which is the best placed to resolve its issues.

For a second consecutive day on Wednesday, some South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members demonstrated in the CBD, burning refuse and overturning rubbish bins.

Striking refuse removers are demanding pay hikes, better working conditions and a resignation letter from their managing director.

WATCH: Thousands of waste removal workers took to the streets of Johannesburg to vent their frustrations, overturning and burning bins in Braamfontein.