The Pikitup strike in Johannesburg has been suspended and workers will return to work on Thursday.
The industrial action began almost three weeks ago and saw the streets of Johannesburg and its suburbs strewn with rubbish.
The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) urged Piktup workers to strike until the company investigated allegations of corruption, nepotism and wage disparities.
Samwu spokesman Tahir Sema confirmed the suspension to Business Day, saying talks will continue.
“The strike is suspended until further notice and talks will resume on the 26th of April. Two of our three demands have been met,” Sema said.
Pikitup committed to investigating corruption and that all temporary workers will become permanent, however issues of nepotism and wage disparities remain a bone of contention.
Sema confirmed that talks will reopen with the city of Johannesburg as Pikitup does not have capacity to investigate wages paid by the city.
Samwu has expressed regret regarding uncollected waste, but insist the industrial action was necessary.
“Its not only the trash on our streets but also our workers that have not been paid. It has been three weeks too long and we are happy to have them going back to work,” Sema said.
It is hoped that piled up refuse will be cleared before the Easter weekend.
Credit to: Business Day