Double shifts for Pikitup workers to clear waste backlog

Workers will be working day & night to collect refuse that’s piled up following a 5-week strike.

FILE: Pikitup workers went on strike demanding better wages and the resignation of MD Amanda Nair.  Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup says its staff will be working day and night to collect the refuse that's piled up over the five-week long strike.

Workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) went on strike for the second time in recent months, demanding salary disparities be resolved and there MD's resignation.

On Sunday workers agreed to end the unprotected strike and return to their posts.

Pikitup's Jacky Mashapu says there will be a double-shift system to clear the backlog.

"The system will comprise of a day and night shift to make sure that we clear the waste. This will be complemented by resources mobilised from all other entities of the city to remove the backlog by the end of the month."

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.