Pikitup workers on strike again

This comes after workers returned to their posts last month following an unprotected strike.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) are on another unprotected strike.

The City of Johannesburg says it's working to solve differences with the union as swiftly as possible.

The city has been in wage talks with employees, but workers went on strike this morning without notice.

Spokesperson Jacky Mashapu said, "This strike is affecting services across the city as a whole because all our operations have stopped since 8am this morning. This behaviour is unbecoming."

Last month, the dispute between Samwu and Pikitup management escalated. The trade union reinstated criminal charges against the company's managing director and Pikitup issued an interdict against its workers.

However, staff later returned to their posts.

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