Pikitup strike: It’s back to business, as usual

The refuse removal company says workers have agreed to go back to work.

FILE: The refuse removal company says the piling up of rubbish will stop as workers have agreed to go back to work. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup has confirmed its strike is over and Johannesburg residents may now leave their bins outside for collection.

The refuse removal company says the piling up of rubbish will stop as workers have agreed to go back to work after they downed tools again on Friday.

Managing Director, Amanda Nair, says the union had demanded a fourteenth cheque for workers.

Workers also demonstrated over working conditions.

She says the union was told that demand would not be met.

"We were in a negotiation with Samwu. The Samwu leadership then went out and urged the workers to go back to work because the disruptions were affecting the negotiations as well as service delivery. The workers then complied."

Nair says it's now back to business as usual.

"Everything is back to normal; service delivery is back to normal and we don't anticipate any further service disruptions at this stage."

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."