Refuse piles up as striking workers demand higher pay

2019-02-20 06:01
Garbage has been left to stand since the start of strike by waste management workers last Wednesday. PHOTO:supplied

Garbage has been left to stand since the start of strike by waste management workers last Wednesday. PHOTO:supplied

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RESIDENTS have been forced to either take their own refuse to the dump or stand by in the hopes of a speedy resolution to the Msunduzi Waste Management worker strike which has seen refuse not be collected since last week as workers demand better pay.

Workers burned tyres and blocked the entrance to where they are based at the municipality earlier this week as they demanded more competitive salaries.

Residents say that, since the strike began on Wednesday, they have had to deal with the presence of maggots infesting their refuse as well as an influx of stray dogs and rats who tear into refuse bags in the search for food from the waste that has been lying inside or outside their yards.

In desperation, some residents drove to dump sites to get rid of their waste to try and avoid pest infestations.

“We live next to a river and the waste left outside or in our yard attracts the pests from there,” said Northdale resident Selvan Anthony­.

According to municipality spokesperson Ntobeko Ngcobo, there have been talks on behalf of the municipality with the striking workers. They have since decided to employ temporary workers to relieve some of the backlog while they seek to find a solution with the striking workers.

“We ask for patience from our residents as we seek to fix this problem as promptly as possible,” said Ngcobo.

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