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pikitupNews24 reports that residents in Johannesburg have been warned that refuse collection may be delayed further after a two-day strike.

Workers contracted to Pikitup have accused the City of Johannesburg's waste management entity of exploiting them for poor pay, and selling jobs to contractors. Contract workers took to the streets on Wednesday and were back on Thursday, demanding an audience with the entity. Videos on social media showed trash-strewn streets as protesters marched to the Pikitup offices in Braamfontein. Pikitup said its services would be disrupted in some parts because casual workers "whose contracts are about to expire are forcefully demanding jobs". In a statement on Thursday, the entity said casual workers and members of the community around Norwood, Marlboro, Waterval, Selby, Randburg, Midrand and Diepsloot depots were protesting outside the gates "preventing Pikitup employees from servicing residents". "Pikitup management is actively exploring various options to normalise the situation and restore service delivery in the affected depot areas," Pikitup said. On Wednesday, protesting workers said the entity's management did not accept their memorandum. But, on Thursday, the general secretary of the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa), Meshack Ntshauba, advised that contract workers were able to meet with City leaders. Ntshauba said the contractors were demanding permanent employment, personal protective equipment and an investigation into allegations of corruption.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Alex Patrick at News24
  • See too, Pikitup accused of ‘selling jobs for R5,000’ while frustrated workers trash Joburg streets, at The Citizen

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