Samwu criticises violence against outsourced Pikitup workers

Last night, two Pikitup trucks were shot at in Nasrec causing them to collide.

Rubbish piles up on Louis Botha Avenue due to the ongoing strike by Pikitup. Picture:EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has condemned the violence and intimidation against outsourced Pikitup workers but says it doesn't believe its members were involved.

Workers have been protesting for over four months over wages and allegations of misconduct against managing director Amanda Nair.

Last night, two Pikitup trucks were shot at in Nasrec causing them to collide.

The trucks are being operated by an outsourced service provider to collect refuse while employees continue their unprotected strike.

Mayor Parks Tau has condemned the shooting and says there is reason to believe that striking workers were behind it.

But Samwu's Paul Tlhabang says members are clear about the importance of discipline as they work towards reaching an amicable solution with management.

"I spoke to our members yesterday before they dispersed, assuring them that the city is committed and that they must 'hang in there' so that we get to a point where we start with the discussions so we can resolve this matter. We are confident that our members aren't involved."

Gauteng's Cooperative Governance Department has urged Pikitup workers not to inconvenience members of the public by throwing rubbish in the streets as they continue their strike.

The department has also called on Samwu to discourage its members from intimidating those who are working to implement Pikitup's contingency plan.

Tlhabang says the mayor should also take some responsibility for what is happening at the moment.