Pikitup depots to be fully operational today

Workers will report for duty after nearly 10 days of leaving rubbish to be left uncollected in Joburg.

Rubbish piles up on Louis Botha Avenue due to the ongoing strike action by Pikitup. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) says Pikitup depots will be fully operational today as workers report for duty after nearly 10 days of leaving rubbish to be left uncollected on the streets of Johannesburg.

Samwu and Pikitup management reached an agreement yesterday after intervention from the Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department.

Pikitup's Jacky Mashapu says in the meantime, it's back to business and it will be doubling its efforts to collect rubbish.

"Our workers started returning to work as of last night, because we have a night shift for the inner city. But as matters stand, now that our workers are back at work, we are going to intensify our recovery plan and make sure that we clear all the backlog."

The union meanwhile says the deal involves further engagement over salary disparities and working conditions.

Samwu's Papikie Mohale says the protest action ensured that management come to the table and negotiate the issues at hand.

"The one good thing that came out of this is that all workers within the City of Johannesburg are going to benefit. There is a process that is going to deal with salary disparities for all workers within the City; of course bearing in mind the cost to the City."