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Pikitup extends olive branch, hopes to end strike

Workers are demanding to have salary inconsistencies addressed and for Pikitup boss Amanda Nair to resign.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup says an olive branch has been extended to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), to resume talks to end a strike by employees.

Earlier this week, Johannesburg's Environment and Infrastructure MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe said her biggest desire was to see the union return to negotiations.

Workers are demanding to have salary inconsistencies addressed and for Pikitup boss Amanda Nair to resign, citing allegations of corruption.

But Samwu says it has always been open to continuing talks and has blamed the city and Pikitup for avoiding engagements.

Pikitup's Jacky Mashapu says, "The MMC has extended an olive branch to the union, to say they must come back to the table for them to address the impasse going forward."