Pikitup talks break down, outsourced companies begin clean up
Samwu & Pikitup have taken a break in deliberations after failing to agree on a course of action yesterday.
JOHANNESBURG - While Pikitup and the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) struggle to reach an agreement, the waste management company says it will do its best to minimise the effect on Johannesburg residents.
Both parties have taken a break in their deliberations after failing to agree on a course of action on Monday after the waste management company demanded that all workers return to their posts.
Pikitup contracted outside companies to start clean up operations in parts of the city.
The utility's Jacky Mashapu says the Red Ants are just one of the service providers brought on board to help with operations.
"Operations will happen at night because during the day, it's very difficult to clean up the city."
He says Johannesburg residents who would usually have their refuse collected today should leave their bins out.
"Extra waste that was generated and not collected can be put in a plastic, wrapped and put next to the bins."
Meanwhile, it's not yet clear when Pikitup and Samwu will meet again to find a way to settle their pay differences.
WATCH: Over 100 Red Ants and Global Waste employees teamed up to clean up the streets of Hillbrow following a strike by Samwu workers.
Samwu says striking Pikitup employees are growing increasingly frustrated by the company's refusal to negotiate salaries and other demands.
Workers embarked on an unprotected strike last week and say they won' back down until their demands are met.
Samwu's Paul Tlhabang says Pikitup appears unaware of the growing anger among its employees.
"We are angry. I wonder if this matter is dragging for a long time, whether it's not going to create another volatile situation."
But Mashapu says Pikitup simply won't negotiate with people who are going against legal procedures.
"We cannot legitimise an illegal strike. So, we urge them to reconsider their positions."
While the union says it's giving Pikitup time to cool down and make the right decision the waste management company says it's giving Samwu an opportunity to come to its senses.