JOBURG, SAMWU MEET IN ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE PIKITUP STRIKE
The City of Johannesburg and SAMWU leadership met today to discuss a return to negotiations as provided for in the Political Facilitation Agreement (PFA) signed on the 3rd December 2015. The Agreement committed the parties to a cessation of hostilities until matters in the PFA are resolved. The position of the City is that SAMWU’s demands must be dealt within the confines of the PFA.
On 22nd December, following a second unprotected illegal work stoppage, it was also agreed that all outstanding issues and disputes regarding parity and benchmarking would be resolved in terms of the PFA and dispute resolution mechanisms under the Labour Relations Act, collective agreement, and other similar policies without resorting to illegal work stoppages or lock outs.
Unfortunately, the meeting could not yield immediate results because SAMWU’s position was that outstanding issues must be resolved without returning to work. The City proposed a shortened period of time to conclude the negotiations on parity and benchmarking with a dispute resolution mechanisms. This approach would ensure a win/win situation for all parties wherein workers return work, they earn their salaries reducing the impact of no work no pay and the city is cleaned.
While the City acknowledges the right of unions to declare a dispute and embark on a protected strike, it is not justifiable under any circumstances for workers to embark on an unprotected and illegal work stoppage and continue to trash the city. The City and its residents cannot be held to ransom. To that extent, we advise SAMWU to urge their members to return to work immediately and allow the negotiations to ensue in order to resolve the current impasse.
The City has made contingency plans to provide services and recover the backlog of waste accumulation as a result of the four-week long unprotected strike. We urge communities and businesses to collectively work with Pikitup by continuing to drop off waste at their nearest garden or landfill site respectively.
The City is grateful for the unwavering support from communities and we shall continue working together in keeping our city clean. We urge communities across the City of Joburg to call the 24-hour hotline, 011 286 6009 to request cleaning tools, gloves and bags for community led clean ups and removal of bagged waste by Pikitup. Illegal dumping can also be logged on the JRA Find&Fix App which can be downloaded to cell phones for free from the Google Play Store.
ISSUED BY: PIKITUP, THE CITY OF JOHANNESBURG’S WASTE MANAGEMENT ENTITY