Wage talks between Samwu, Pikitup collapse again

More than 4,000 workers affiliated to Samwu have been on strike for nearly a month demanding better wages.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Salary negotiation talks between Pikitup management, the City of Johannesburg and South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members have once again collapsed.

Talks resumed last night.

More than 4,000 workers affiliated to Samwu have been on strike for nearly a month, demanding wages between R8,000 and R10,000 for the lowest paid workers.

The three parties met last night to iron out their differences but according to the city, the municipal union insisted that their wage issues be addressed before workers can go back to work.

City of Johannesburg spokesperson Jacky Mashapu said, "It's very unfortunate because the city is doing all it can to come to their level to try and address the problem but it looks like they're taking a very hard stance."

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 said, "The employer went underground and never engaged us. We are still waiting for an invitation from the employer."

Earlier this week, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau said workers didn't give the city a chance to present its side and negotiate fairly.