NEWS JUST IN: Pikitup strike is finally over

The union says the agreement involves further engagement over salary disparities.

FILE: The unprotected strike lasted nearly 10 days, which saw most of the inner city left with rubbish piling up. Picture: www.joburg.org

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) says its told Pikitup workers to go back to work as of tomorrow after an agreement was struck between management and the union this afternoon.

The union says the agreement involves further engagement over salary disparities and the working conditions, which will be dealt with in a separate process, but only if its members return to work.

The unprotected strike lasted nearly 10 days, which saw most of the inner city left with rubbish piling up and the company calling in the Red Ants to help clean up the streets.

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Samwu spokesperson Papikie Mohale says the agreement was struck thanks to the intervention from the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

"All depos will be fully functional as of tomorrow. We will actually be embarking on a facilitation process that will be overseen by one senior councillor to allow for a conducive environment for further engagement on issues."

Yesterday, Pikitup apologised to residents and businesses in Johannesburg saying it was doing everything it could to clear up rubbish, but its efforts were hampered by striking workers.