SABC News - Pikitup strike costing R1 million a day:Wednesday 23 March 2016

Pikitup strike costing R1 million a day

Wednesday 23 March 2016 10:12

SABC

The strike by Pikitup workers enters its second week on Wednesday.(SABC)

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) says threats of dismissal of Pikitup workers who downed tools last week, will not deter them.  

Workers embarked on another unprotected strike last week, demanding the dismissal of Pikitup managing director Amanda Nair, and salary increases.

While SAMWU continues to show its support for the striking workers, the City of Joburg says it is busy with a process to confirm a list of those who have abstained from work, so that they could be served with dismissal letters.

SAMWU’s regional deputy chair, Vuyani Singozo says:

“We need to find a way forward. And we call on politicians to play an oversight role in finding a solution to this on-going problem. We have come up with a proposal to end these disputes, however, we still need government input, we want them to engage with us on a variety of issues that will be beneficial for all concerned.”

Meanwhile, Pikitup says it’s losing R1 million a day due to the on-going strike by its employees.  

The company says it's had to hire outside additional labour to try and render services to the residents of Johannesburg.

Pikitup spokesperson, Jacky Mashapu says:, "As we speak, the strike is costing the city R1 million a day. And on top of this we have had to hire additional labour and trucks to get the work done. Customers are complaining all the time and the rubbish is piling up." 

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