Striking Pikitup workers refuse to return to work

Samwu’s national structures & Pikitup has called for protesting workers to return to work this morning.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) say they will not return to work this morning despite calls by the union's national structures and the employer.

The City of Johannesburg says it's employed third-party contractors at a huge cost to deal with the waste backlog.

Last week, nearly 4,000 workers went on an unprotected strike demanding better salaries and also called for Pikitup boss Amanda Nair's resignation.

Samwu's deputy regional secretary Paul Tlhabang said, "Enough is enough. Go back to work. The employer is willing to address this issue."

The city's Matshidiso Mfikoe has appealed to striking workers to return to their posts.

"I am hoping that sanity will prevail and people will come back to work."