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Pikitup strike back on - demands not clear

Pikitup says residents should not take out their bins until the matter is resolved.

FILE: Pikitup says residents should not take out their bins until the matter is resolved.

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup says workers have reneged on an agreement to end its unprotected strike and have downed tools yet again.

Refuse collectors have downed tools again. This is despite an agreement that was reached by the workers and management on 3 December following a two week long strike over wage increases.

Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu says they thought the matter had been resolved.

Mashapu says residents should not take out their bins until the matter is resolved.

"Unfortunately this strike will affect all the regions of the city. We therefore appeal to residents and business owners to bear with us and continue to leave their bins and excess waste inside their yards until further notice."

He says it is unclear what the workers grievances are but it seems to be related to wages.

"I don't want to speculate what their issues are. I've heard something regarding the 13th cheque. But if you read the memorandum of agreement, there's no mention of the 13th cheque as part of the agreement."