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pikitupANA reports that negotiations to end the four-week strike between Johannesburg waste-management company Pikitup, the City of Johannesburg and workers affiliated to SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) broke down again late Thursday.  

Pikitup blamed Samwu for the breakdown, alleging it was not being flexible during negotiations, while the union claimed the company was negotiating in bad faith.  About 4,000 Pikitup workers went on an unprotected strike on 9 March, demanding wage hikes from R6,000 to R10,000 a month and that MD Amanda Nair, whom they accuse of graft, should step down.  This was the fourth strike by Pikitup workers since November 2015 over the same reasons, though Nair was cleared by the courts on charges of corruption.  The City of Joburg is paying private contractors R1-million a day to perform the duties of the striking Pikitup workers.

  • Read this report in full at eNCA
  • Read too, Pikitup defends decision to pay striking workers, at SABC News

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