Pikitup salary settlement labelled ‘a major victory’ for workers

The union & employer finalised the figure late yesterday, which Samwu can’t reveal at this stage.

FILE. Pikitup workers have been striking in Johannesburg CBD this week emptying trash in the streets and not collecting refuse in Johannesburg. Picture: Tara Penny/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is calling the latest salary hike settlement with Pikitup a major victory for workers.

The union and the employer finalised the figure late yesterday, which Samwu can't reveal at this stage.

Last month, 4,000 workers went on an unprotected strike, costing the company a R1 million a day in private contractor bills, while the rubbish piled up around Johannesburg.

Samwu's Regional Secretary Meisie Sekaledi says the settlement is close to initial demands.

"It's a major victory for the union because it's been a fight since 2011, especially for Pikitup. Although it's been a very tedious process with commitment that we had and support from the members, we pulled through."

There have also been consistent calls from the union for Pikitup boss Amanda Nair's resignation.

The company says Nair is on special leave but not for any reason related to the strike, only to undergo medical procedure.