Joburb mayor Parks Tau hopeful Pikitup strike will end

2016-04-06 19:53
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GALLERY: Pikitup strike causes a stink

Rubbish is piling up at several dumpsites across Johannesburg following a three-week strike by Pikitup workers. News24’s Wim Pretorius visited several sites and witnessed heaps of uncollected rubbish.

Johannesburg – Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau said on Wednesday that the city hoped to see an end to the unprotected strike of around 4 000 Pikitup workers.

“We agreed as a council that we need to find a solution for this problem and there has been action taken in high risk areas,” Tau told reporters. 

Tau said the city council was also committed to investigating allegations against the Pikitup managing director, Amanda Nair, after workers said they wanted her removed.

"You can't just remove someone from a company. There are processes and steps that need to be taken. The legal framework prohibits us from starting an investigation of allegations with a suspension without any basis for that action," Tau said.

Tau's comments came after Pikitup workers were found guilty in a recent disciplinary hearing for their participation in an unprotected work stoppage.

Unprotected strike

SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members went on an unprotected strike about a month ago, demanding a minimum salary of between R9 000 and R10 000.

Around 4 000 workers, affiliated to Samwu, are facing disciplinary hearings for ignoring dismissal notices and two court interdicts issued during the strike.

Garbage is still going uncollected in Johannesburg.

Tau said action has been taken to clean Alexandra and other high risk areas. He said every councillor was willing to go back into their areas and mobilise residents to join hands to fight the problem.

Councillor Connie Bapela said as much as they sympathised with the workers, they also sympathised with the community. 

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