Striking Municipal Pikitup workers are entering their third day of protests in their quest for better salaries.
Pikitup workers who are affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) have been adamant in their decision to continue on their unprotected strike, irrespective of a threat issued by the management to terminate the appointment of those who fail to resume work today.
The Pikitup workers will today, enter their third day of protesting for better salaries for those of them who earn R6,000 a month.
Some of the employees who did not join the strike and have been going to work have been intimidated and now fear for their safety.
Speaking for Samwu, Paul Tlhabang expressed the view that the management of Pikitup are handling the matter with a nonchalant attitude and are not trying hard enough to see that the issue is resolved. The bosses are feeling less concerned and comfortably shying away from their responsibilities.
“On the issue, whether we are inside or outside, the conditions still remain the same and the economic situation is even worse now.”
Meanwhile, speaking for a rival union Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), Keith Swanepoel exonerated Imatu from the ongoing strike in the municipal saying its members are being intimidated by the striking Pikitup workers.
“It’s only good for the community that our members are able to do their work. We would like to see our members doing work that they’re being paid for.”
Pikitup operations in the City of Johannesburg are yet to recover completely from a previous two-week long illegal strike that was embarked on last December. Therefore, the management has sworn to take strong action when necessary to stop any further unprotected strike actions that will affect operations.