Pikitup workers given ultimatum

Pikitup workers have been on an unprotected strike since Monday over wages.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup workers say they will not allow the use of casual workers, who have been brought in by the company, while an unprotected strike over wages continues.

Pikitup management has obtained a court interdict to end the strike, which began on Monday.

Workers are demanding a basic salary of R10,000 and on Thursday protested in the City Centre, overturning rubbish bins and stopping others from working.

Pikitup's Jacky Mashapu said,"Should they not comply, the due process will unfold in terms of the Labour Relations Act."

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However South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu)'s spokesperson Papikie Mohale says the strike will go on until their demands are met.

"They don't deserve to be there because they're doing our work. We are fighting for this. Next time, the same people are going to join the union and we're going to have to go and fight for them."

He says casual staff employed in the interim will be disrupted.

Samwu says it's willing to end the strike as soon management agrees to its demands.