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JHB mayor calls for resolution to Pikitup strike

Parks Tau says the striking workers are bread winners in their households & their jobs are at risk.

City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau with other senior CoJ officials during a media briefing on 29 March 2016. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has reiterated his call for all parties involved in the Pikitup dispute to resolve the impasse.

Workers affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have been on strike for a month now, demanding that salary issues be resolved and that Pikitup CEO Amanda Nair be removed.

The City of Johannesburg has had to bring in contractors to collect refuse with Johannesburg Metro Police now escorting them - for safety reasons.

Tau says the striking workers are bread winners in their households and their jobs are at risk.

"We're going through a very difficult situation at the moment. We have been engaging with the union to try and get them back to the negotiating table and to encouraging workers to return to work."

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Meanwhile, disciplinary hearings continue against the striking workers.

That process is set to end tomorrow.