pikitupANA reports that Cosatu has resolved to approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over the drawn-out strike at Johannesburg refuse removal entity Pikitup, it said on Thursday.  

“The situation is becoming dire.  We took it to the CCMA as we did not get any joy on requests for the MEC (of Co-operative Governance) and the mayor [Parks Tau] to intervene,” Gauteng secretary of the labour federation, Dumisane Dakile, said.  He added:  “The CCMA mediation process is expected to continue through the weekend … we are hoping that the matter would be settled by Monday, but that would depend on how the city handles this.”  SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members have been on an unprotected wage strike for more than four weeks.  They also want the removal of Pikitup MD Amanda Nair.

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