Pikitup workers. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA
Pikitup workers on strike. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

EMPLOYEES at the City of Johannesburg’s waste management entity Pikitup have until Thursday afternoon to return to work, or be summarily dismissed.

The city and Pikitup management expected to know how many employees would be summarily dismissed by next week Friday as there were processes to follow after dismissal, Matshidiso Mfikoe, a member of the mayoral committee for environment and infrastructure services, said at a briefing in Johannesburg.

The latest unprotected strike by Pikitup employee’s affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) was the fourth since a deal was struck late last year to address grievances over alleged salary disparities within the entity, Ms Mfikoe said.

In December Jacob Mamabolo, who was Gauteng MEC for human settlements‚ co-operative governance and traditional affairs at the time‚ had helped facilitate a political agreement to address grievances over salary disparities within Pikitup.

The current strike, during which the streets of central Johannesburg have been littered with garbage, was a "complete violation of the letter and spirit of the agreement", Ms Mfikoe said.

The agreement struck in December had come after a two-week strike during which the union had demanded a salary increase to R10,000/month.

Samwu has also staunchly maintained wrongdoing by Pikitup management, despite Pikitup MD Amanda Nair being cleared of charges of impropriety relating to a R263m tender in 2015.

Ms Mfikoe said on Thursday that due process around the allegations had been followed and, until further substantial evidence was brought forward, Ms Nair would remain in her position.