Pikitup: Workers who missed deadline to return to work face dismissal

The city says Samwu had ample time to inform workers to return to work by noon today.

Striking Pikitup workers affiliated to Samwu embarked on an unprotected strike in the Johannesburg CBD on 10 March 2016. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg is now assessing how many Pikitup workers have failed to return to work, warning those who missed the noon deadline, will be dismissed.

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) went on yet another unprotected strike yesterday.

Pikitup says some workers who are not participating in the strike have also been intimidated.

City of Johannesburg Member of Mayoral Council (MMC) Matshidiso Mfikoe says management informed Samwu last night about the ultimatum, which is sufficient time to inform members to report for work today.

"We are sticking to our responsibilities as to the PFA, and we feel that the union members are not really coming the fore.'

Mfikoe says workers who have not embarked on the illegal strike have complained to management that they were intimidated by striking workers this morning.

"People who are going work are being intimidated. We have totally closed the depot today."

Pikitup says it is not going to allow a repetition of the December strike which continued for over two weeks as it is still trying to recover from it.

CHAOS, VIOLENCE AND THEFT IN THE JOBURG CBD

Business owners in the Johannesburg CBD have described scenes of chaos as striking Pikitup workers intimidated them along Troy Street, leaving one man wearing a Samwu T-shirt with severe injuries.

It's alleged that the striking worker wanted to steal stock from a vendor when he retaliated.

Workers embarked on an unprotected strike yesterday, but have been given an ultimatum to return to work or face dismissal.

A man who owns a shop on Troy Street in the CBD says he and other foreigners had to quickly shut their businesses as striking workers tried to intimidate them.

"People come and rob you and some people take advantage; even if they don't strikeā€¦ they come with them and try to steal together."

This business owner says they always fear for their safety when municipal workers go on strike.

"You can't do anything because there's a lot of people."

One injured man has been taken to hospital after he was beaten allegedly by street vendors who tried to protect their property.