News 30.3.2016 09:30 am

Samwu hoping for Pikitup solution

A pedestiran walks past rubbish near Mayfair Station, Johannesburg, 14 March 2016. Picture: Michel Bega

A pedestiran walks past rubbish near Mayfair Station, Johannesburg, 14 March 2016. Picture: Michel Bega

“Workers had no option but to down tools” says Tshililo, who noted the strike’s impact on citizens.

While rubbish continue to pile up in various parts of Johannesburg, a meeting aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing strike by Pikitup workers has been scheduled for today, the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has said.

Speaking to The Citizen, acting Samwu president Timson Tshililo said they hoped the meeting would finally see all parties concerned finding each other.

“We are concerned about the impact the strike is having on ordinary citizens, but workers had no option but to down tools,” he said.

Workers have been demanding the removal of Pikitup managing director Amanda Nair, as well as improved salaries.

The Samwu leadership met on Tuesday and they resolved that they should no longer engage with the media until an agreement to the impasse is found.

“From now on, we will only release a press statement once the meeting has been concluded.

“The strike is still going on and we as the national leadership are fully behind our members who have been making genuine demands,” Tshilolo said.

The strike, which has been going on for more than four weeks, has also been marred by incidents of violence and intimidation.-stevent@citizen.co.za

 

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