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Pikitup workers face disciplinary action

An estimated 4,000 workers will face a disciplinary hearing expected to last three days.

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

JOHANNESBURG - An estimated 4,000 Pikitup workers, who have taken part in the unprotected strike in Johannesburg, will face a disciplinary hearing this morning.

The strike has been ongoing for nearly a month, which has forced the City of Johannesburg to employ private contractors at R1 million a day to remove refuse.

The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) says it's refusing to go back to work until a salary agreement has been reached.

Despite two court interdicts obtained by the city for employees to return to work, Samwu's Paul Thlabang says they are confident that workers' demands are correct.

"We've got a strong case. They will be dismissed. Don't even worry about that. And we'll prove that management has provoked the situation."

The disciplinary hearing has been set down for three days.

Meanwhile, Pikitup has once again called on employees to return to work while talks with union leaders continue, to resolve the strike.

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