Pikitup strike: 'Workers have been consistent in their demands'

Cosatu’s Dumisani Dakile says the workers' demands are reasonable, but it’s the city that has failed them.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Gauteng 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 workers, and the resignation of their managing director.

The trade union federation says it's intervened in negotiations as Pikitup and Samwu go back to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) this morning.

Cosatu's Dumisani Dakile says the workers' demands are reasonable.

"This matter arose in 2011. The city gave commitment at that particular moment that it's a matter that it will address over a certain period of time, but we've not seen demonstration on the side of the city in them addressing this particular question. So, it's not that the workers' demands are unreasonable."

Meanwhile, the city has said while its bolstering contingency plans to remove uncollected rubbish during the strike, its efforts are still being hampered by intimidation.

Pikitup has urged residents to bag their r ubbish, to avoid health risks.