City of JHB pleased with Pikitup, Samwu progress so far...

A month long strike ended at the weekend after an agreement was reached between the two parties.

City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau with other senior CoJ officials during a media briefing on 29 March 2016. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As Pikitup and the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) prepare to continue with their second day of wage negotiations, the City of Johannesburg says it's satisfied with the process so far.

A month long strike ended at the weekend after an agreement was reached between the two parties.

Outstanding issues over salary scales and bench marking will be discussed during the three-day talks, which are expected to conclude tomorrow.

At the same time Pikitup says it's working toward clearing the waste backlog in Gauteng by the end of this month with the assistance of an outsourced company.

The city's Jacky Mashapu says, "We're happy that the parties are back at the negotiating table. You would recall that they're not going to be starting all over again, it's a process that was left hanging, I think around early February, because this process was ongoing."

SERVICES TO RESUME

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.

Mashapu says 95 percent of the workforce reported for duty yesterday.

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