Pikitup served with notice to strike

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pretoria - Pikitup management has confirmed that workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) have served the company with a notice of intention to strike.

Workers at the City of Joburg's waste management company have been on a go slow at certain depots, leading to a build up of uncollected rubbish in certain parts of Johannesburg.

"Pikitup management met with organised labour [on Tuesday] to deal with 
internal industrial relations issues. However, despite several attempts to 
find an amicable solution to the issues, certain matters remain unresolved," said Pansy Oyedele, Communications Manager for Pikitup.

She said Pikitup was doing everything in its power to avert the possibility of a 
strike through continued negotiations. 

"Pikitup regrets the position of SAMWU and sincerely hope that it will still reconsider its position. The primary mandate of a municipal-owned entity is to deliver quality services on a continued and uninterrupted basis to residents."

Oyedele said that refuse collection had already been disrupted in some part of the city due to the go slow and residents and businesses have been urged to be patient. "An update will be given in this regard once details become available."

Pikitup's garden sites are open for garden waste and not for general domestic refuse. 

The four landfill sites are also open and general waste can be delivered directly, by those who have the capacity, to the following sites: 
-Goudkoppies - Houthammer Road, Devland; 
- Marie Louise - Dobsonville Road, Roodepoort; 
- Robinson Deep - Turffontein Road, Turffontein and 
- Ennerdale - Old Lawley Road, Lawley. 

- BuaNews