Pikitup strike over after agreement reached - Samwu

2015-12-03 20:02

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Johannesburg – The Pikitup strike is over, the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the union said all workers were expected to report for duty on Friday after the end of the two-week strike.

Samwu signed an agreement with the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department and the City of Johannesburg that allows provincial government to appoint a senior counsel who will act as a mediator between management and staff, with the aim of resolving grievances from Pikitup workers.

Samwu said they had also agreed on a process that would manage the adverse effects of the principle of no work, no pay. This would include forgoing leave days to make up the work time.

Pikitup management instituted the no work, no pay principle as part of their ultimatum to workers last week.

Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu said, as a result of the agreement, they would intensify their recovery plan and clear the rubbish collection backlog.

"We wish to thank all our customers and residents [for] the manner in which they have displayed their patience during the strike," Mashapu added.

Pikitup’s 5 000 workers had been on strike since Monday last week. The striking workers were demanding salary increases and an end to contract work.

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