Pikitup faces backlog after another strike

Pikitup says operations will run overtime to clear uncollected refuse.

FILE: Rubbish piles up on Louis Botha Avenue due to the ongoing strike action by Piki Tup. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup says it is working to clear a backlog caused by another employee strike.

On Friday workers downed tools, reneging on an agreement reached at the end of a two week strike earlier this month.

Employees are demanding better pay and for their working conditions to be reviewed.

The refuse management company has since given workers an ultimatum to return to work and have their grievances addressed while they are on duty.

Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu says operations will run overtime to clear uncollected refuse.

"Where possible, we are going to double our efforts by deploying additional resources to make sure that Johannesburg residents enjoy their festive season in a very clean environment."