Pikitup, Samwu to slug it out in court

2011-04-15 07:17

The management of refuse removal company Pikitup and municipal workers’ union Samwu is expected to face off in court today.

Pikitup management wants the Labour Court to declare the workers’ strike illegal.

“We are taking legal action because despite the issues they were complaining about being resolved, they are continuing with the strike and refusing to sign the agreement,” said City of Johannesburg communications director Gabu Tugwana.

Negotiations between the two parties have been deadlocked since Monday.

Samwu’s provincial organiser Menzi Ngubane said: “All issues brought forward at the bargaining table with Pikitup have been resolved except the issue of the absorption of labour brokers and the hiring of employees from third party contractors.”

The Pikitup strike began last week Thursday.

Pikitup’s managing director, Zami Nkosi, as well as board chairperson Phumla Gumede have since resigned.

Tugwana said: “The city regrets the resignation of some of its members but in terms of government procedures, letters must be addressed to the mayoral committee. We will probably know on Friday what their reasons are.”

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