Pikitup workers to continue striking

The City of Joburg’s waste removal service will be disrupted once again today.

Police stand off with striking Pikitup members in Braamfontein. Picture:Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg's waste removal service will be disrupted once again today as Pikitup workers continue with their strike.

Yesterday, workers demonstrated in Braamfontein after Pikitup scheduled a disciplinary hearing for six shop stewards over alleged misconduct.

The shop stewards did not attend the hearing.

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu)'s Nonceba Mbilini has accused Pikitup management of trying to delay the implementation of agreements reached last year.

"They've charged shop stewards with issues that are not even clear to us. I think they're trying to charge our shop stewards so they can stall the issue of the agreement which was reached in December."

Pikitup managing director Amanda Nair says, "We acted immediately. We issued the charges. We tried to convene the disciplinary process as quickly as possible, simply to get it out of the way so that it doesn't convolute the process that we engaged with."