Samwu denies claims that Pikitup workers are on strike

The union says many members are not at work because they are attending a disciplinary hearing.

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

JOHANNESBURG - While Pikitup has announced that its workers are on strike, South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) officials say members haven't downed tools, but instead have been attending a disciplinary hearing.

Earlier today, the waste removal company announced that a strike is affecting all regions under the city of Johannesburg.

Samwu's provincial secretary Nonceba Mbilini however says many members are involved in the disciplinary action and haven't been at work.

She also says they are also still seeking clarity on the charges.

"You can't charge people and when they attend the matter, you call it a strike. If they are going on a disciplinary hearing, I don't see how that is a strike."

Late last year, workers affiliated to the union embarked on a strike which was declared illegal and unprotected.

Workers had demanded their salaries be increased from R6,000 to R10,000.

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