Pikitup strike forces city to direct limited resources to priority areas

The inner city has been identified as one such area as rubbish piles up due to the strike.

Rubbish has been strewn on the streets of Johannesburg following another violent demostration in the city. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup says private contractors and non-striking workers are being deployed to areas that have amassed the highest volume of rubbish since the strike began.

The strike, which has dragged on for almost a month now, has forced the city to employ private contractors at a daily charge of R1 million.

Workers affiliated to the S outh African Mineworkers Union(Samwu) have refused to go back to work, despite court interdicts, and threats to apply the "no work, no pay" principle.

Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu says the inner city has been identified as one such priority area.

"The inner city is one of the key priority areas, in terms of the level of cleanliness, but not [saying] that all other areas are not important - they are. They sit on a daily basis and look at what is on the ground."

Samwu wants a salary of between R8,000 and R10,000 for workers receiving the lowest wages.

It says it's refusing to go back to work until a salary agreement has been reached.

Meanwhile, today marks the beginning of a disciplinary hearing against an estimated 4,000 Pikitup workers who have taken part in the unprotected strike.

The hearing has been set down for three days.

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