Striking union not recognised by company, says Pikitup

Striking union not recognised by company, says Pikitup

Pikitup says the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Unions of South Africa (Demawusa) does not have organisational rights at the entity.

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Workers affiliated with Demawusa marched to Pikitup’s offices in Braamfontein on Wednesday, calling for permanent jobs and an investigation into the entity’s claims of corruption.


Pikitup spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi says the union is not recognised.


"Demawusa is not recognised, or must first secure organisational rights with Pikitup, to be recognised by the company is. It a requirement of the Labour Relations Act.”


The protesting workers have caused disruption in the Johannesburg CBD, tipping over rubbish bins. 


Mkhwanazi says Pikitup is actively devising a recovery plan to address the backlogs in waste collection caused by disruptions in services.


In their response, Demawusa has vowed to take the company to court for rejecting their workers' memorandum of demands.


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