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pikitupANA reports that workers at City of Johannesburg’s waste removal agency Pikitup who embarked on an unprotected strike face disciplinary action, Mayor Parks Tau said on Tuesday.  

“The workers were charged individually in relation to their conduct, and not as union members.  The presiding officer will then make recommendations to the city after completion of the process, we cannot pre-empt the outcome of the process,” Tau said.  The disciplinary proceedings will begin Tuesday.  It has been four weeks since Pikitup workers downed tools and now they face various charges of misconduct and taking part in an illegal strike.  Tau said SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) shop stewards, who are employees of Pikitup, had also been charged.  The strike has resulted in a pile up of uncollected garbage bags, prompting the city to hire private service providers to assist in the cleanup.  City manager Trevor Fowler’s plea on Saturday for help from security services and residents to volunteer to protect Pikitup and help clear waste was, however, met with violence and intimidation in areas such as Alexandra and Diepsloot.

  • Read this report in full at The Citizen
  • See too, Illegal Pikitup strike can no longer be tolerated, says Joburg mayor, at EWN
  • And also, Mayor Parks Tau comes down hard on striking workers who cause chaos, ANN7

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