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Pikitup: It's business as usual, come Monday

The waste removal company says a full recovery plan is now in motion following a 10-day strike by workers.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup says it expects all its depos in Johannesburg to be fully operational by Monday following a 10-day strike by its workers.

It says a full recovery plan to clean up the backlog of rubbish is now well in motion.

Employees affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) went on strike over salaries and working conditions last Monday, leaving rubbish to pile up all over the city.

Management insisted that their grievances would only be addressed when the unprotected strike was called off.

On Thursday, an agreement was reached after intervention from the Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department.

Pikitup's Amanda Nair says, "The people may not have been able to get the message to return to work. So we expect it to be business as usual come Monday. Staff have committed to making sure that we clear the backlog."

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