Samwu threatens Pikitup strike

2012-07-27 14:24

 The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is considering a strike against Pikitup over a forensic report said to be kept under wraps, the union said.

“At this moment, the union cannot rule out the possibility of industrial strike action, up until such time workers’ demands are met,” said Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema today.

Sema said the forensic report had been given to Pikitup’s acting managing director Lawrence Boya, who was refusing to share it with Samwu.

“[He] is currently refusing to share the report with Samwu, in what we believe is an attempt to protect his friends, who are fingered in the report,” Sema said.

Sema said the union believed the report confirmed its allegations of mismanagement and corruption.

The City of Johannesburg could not immediately comment on Samwu’s allegations or threat of a strike action.

Samwu accused Pikitup of reneging on an April 2011 agreement between the two parties.

This agreement required all labour broker staff be made permanent and their salaries be increased from R3 000 to R6 122, Sema said.

The new amount would also become the minimum wage for all employees.

“It is regrettable that Pikitup management decided not to honour the agreement in relation to the adjusting of employees’ salaries,” Sema said.

He called on Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau to work with Samwu to address the union’s concerns.

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