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CCMA ‘doing its utmost’ to end Pikitup strike

Pikitup workers are demanding a monthly salary of R10,000 & the resignation of their MD.

FILE. Pikitup workers went on strike demanding better wages and the resignation of Managing Director Amanda Nair. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) says it's doing its utmost to end a strike by Pikitup workers that has left Johannesburg with uncollected rubbish for more than a month.

Mediation is continuing today.

Pikitup workers went on strike demanding better wages and the resignation of Managing Director Amanda Nair.

CCMA director Cameron Morajane says he understands the frustration of the city's residents.

"We are doing our best and working through the early hours of the morning to make sure this issue is resolved. We will continue to do so, whatever it takes, to ensure that the matter is resolved. So I am saying let's give it patience and confidence."

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says Pikitup workers have been consistent in their demands since 2011, but nothing has changed.

Workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have been on strike for five weeks now.

They are demanding a monthly salary of R10,000 for the lowest paid worker.