Pikitup dealing with refuse backlog amid strike

Workers embarked on another unprotected strike yesterday and tipped over rubbish bins.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup is now dealing with a refuse collection backlog in the city centre after employees, affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu), embarked on an unprotected strike.

The work stoppage is now in its second day and yesterday striking workers tipped over rubbish bins.

Last month they also downed tools, striking against disciplinary charges instituted against six employees and salary-related issues.

Pikitup's Jacky Mashapu says management is hoping to resolve the matter soon.

"The negotiations are ongoing so we were all taken by surprise as they've decided to go on another unprotected strike. We are taking precautionary measures and need to ensure that we put all security systems in place."

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