For the past two weeks refuse has been piling up in the streets of Johannesburg since the start of the PikitUp strike. Frustrated residents have since resorted to the use of private refuse collectors to remove waste from their homes.
The striking employees, mainly SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members, have ignored two court interdicts ordering them to return to work. They are calling for salary irregularities to be addressed and the resignation of Managing Director Amanda Nair.
CapeTalk/702's Redi Tlhabi spoke to MMC for Environment and Infrastructure services Department Matshidiso Mfikoe as well as Vuyani Singonzo, Deputy Regional Chair, SAMWU Gauteng about the strike and the possible solutions.
As Samwu the issues we have with the employer is that the employees are crying for better salaries and also the suspension and removal of Amanda Nair based on allegations of fraud that is attributed to her.— Vuyani Singonzo, Deputy Regional Chair, SAMWU
Listen to the full conversation below:
According to Singonzo a study was done by an independent auditing company to compare the salaries across the city to be able to pay workers a better living wage. He says after the study was done they proposed that the employer should pay their members between 8000 -10 000 a month.
The only way to sort out this thing is for the employer and us to finalise this issue. We met on Good Friday and they understood our stand point.— Vuyani Singonzo, Deputy Regional Chair, SAMWU
We have the dossier, we have looked at the issues … and we have said to the Risk and Assurance team that is working for the city, let us look at those issues appoint an independent, reputable auditing firm to look at the issues and bring recommendations— Matshidiso Mfikoe, MMC for Environment and Infrastructure services City of Joburg
We are not going to suspend her when there is no course represented before us to suspend her— Matshidiso Mfikoe, MMC for Environment and Infrastructure services City of Joburg