Pikitup workers return to ‘pick up slack’ after 5-week strike

The city’s Jacky Mashapu says 95 percent of the workforce reported for duty this morning.

Pikitup says it will continue using a contracted resource to assist with the clearing of the uncollected waste backlog by the end of this month.Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says residents can resume their waste collection schedule as workers have returned for duty and are aiming to clear the backlog as soon as possible.

A five-week strike by Pikitup workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union ended at the weekend after an agreement was reached between the two parties.

The waste management company says it will continue using a contracted resource to assist with the clearing of the uncollected waste backlog by the end of this month.

There are also continued negotiations about salary scales and benchmarks which began today, and an outcome is expected this Wednesday.

The City's Jacky Mashapu says 95 percent of the workforce reported for duty this morning.

"Indeed our workers returned to work as early as last night, particularly the night shift crew that clean the inner city. This morning we observed 95 percent attendance from all depots of the City of Johannesburg, and we are very happy."