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Samwu, Pikitup dispute escalates

The union held a 2-day strike last week when shop stewards were charged with misconduct by management.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The dispute between the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) and Pikitup management has escalated, with the trade union reinstating criminal charges against the company's managing director and Pikitup issuing an interdict against its workers.

The union held a two-day strike last week when six shop stewards were charged with misconduct by management.

Resolutions have now been made resulting in both sides taking action.

Pikitup MD Amanda Nair says a judge will be ruling on the interdict on Thursday.

"We are hoping they will grant us the relief we seek by way of interdicting any industrial action relating to this matter. In the meanwhile, we are being very mindful of any disruptions so we made sure we have quite a strong contingency in place."

Samwu's Paul Tlhabang says its members can't be victims forever.

"We have instructed our lawyers to press criminal charges against Amanda [Nair], because she is provoking the situation; she is untouchable, we are aware that individuals are hell-bent on protecting Amanda."