joburgcitySunday Times reports that Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau has warned that the city will be crippled financially if it agrees to raise the salaries of striking Pikitup workers.  

Tau said the city would have to find an extra R1-billion annually just to cover the hike.  "We already know that the demands, as they are, are not sustainable.  We will simply collapse the City of Joburg by acceding to this.  We would have to substantially cut our [capital expenditure] and increase our rates to effect this.”  About 4,800 Pikitup workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) have been on an unprotected strike since early last month.  Besides their demand for an extensive salary increase, they are also calling for the sacking of Pikitup MD Amanda Nair.  The city has been expending about R1-million a day for the services of private refuse removal companies.  Last week, an attempt to hold disciplinary hearings to try and force the workers to return to work failed.  Workers have ignore two court orders instructing them to return to work.

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