samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports that Pikitup employees who have been on strike for five weeks, are prepared to sacrifice their salaries for months by remaining on strike, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union’s (Samwu’s) Paul Tlhabang said on Monday.  

The strike by employees at the Johannesburg refuse management agency entered its fifth week yesterday, with no end in sight.  The strike has been marred by violence, intimidation and damage to property.  Tlhabang said workers have made it clear that they did not intend returning to work “empty-handed”.  “Workers say they will only return to work until their demands for salaries of between R6,000 and R8,000 are met.  Our members are prepared to even strike until the coming local government elections,” Tlhabang indicated.  He added that plans to intensify the strike which could see employees from City Power, Metro Police and the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) also downing tools in solidarity with their Pikitup colleagues, were in place.

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