Strike interrupts refuse removal
Pretoria - A solidarity strike will interrupt refuse removal in parts of Tshwane on Friday, Tshwane city officials warned.
The strike by Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) and SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) was in support of their members at the Tshwane Bus Services (TBS), spokesperson for the city Dikeledi Phiri said in a statement.
The strike is linked to corruption allegations in the management of TBS, which was under investigation, she said.
Phiri said that contingency plans to deal with the backlog had been implemented, whereby additional shifts on Saturday had been organised.
"Residents are advised to leave their bins outside until they are serviced," she said, adding that a Sunday shift may be necessary if the areas were not cleared by then.
Bus services in the city were also expected to be suspended on Friday.
She said that city management met with the unions on Thursday, but by Friday, it had not been established whether their offer had been accepted.