Samwu: City must focus on cause, not effect of Pikitup strike
Samwu says the city angered workers when it missed a deadline to report back on salary proposals.
Last year, a politically facilitated agreement was signed between the union and the city which saw Human Resource specialists called in to update and correct details on workers' contracts.
Further negotiations were expected on issues including salary progressions, but a communication breakdown has left Pikitup at the receiving end of yet another unprotected strike.
Samwu claims the city angered Pikitup workers when it missed a February deadline to report back with its proposal to address salary disparities.
Deputy regional chairperson Vuyani Singonzo says, "The employer went underground and never engaged us. We are still waiting for an invitation from the employer."
But Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says workers didn't give the city a chance to present its side and negotiate fairly.
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