PIKITUP WORKERS BACK TO WORK, AFTER THREE WEEKS ‘STRIKE’
PIKITUP employees held an illegal “strike” this morning due to money increase.
The workers, who are members of (SAMWU) were, singing and dancing causing “CHAOS” on the street while members of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and PIKITUP security tried to maintain order, but powerful of workers all over the place and it was difficult for police and security to stop workers demanding their rights.
Head of Communication and Stakeholder Management as well as spokesperson of PIKITUP told us that the employees were “striking illegally” as [PIKITUP management] had obtained a Court interdict to stop the “STRIKE” from moving forward, but the worker forced to ‘’STRIKE’’ regrading to increase.
“We received a notice last week where employees expressed their grievances, said.
A PRESS STATEMENT released by SAMWU said:
“Contrary to what the employer and the media are reporting, this is not a strike. The union is currently in discussion with workers and the employer to break the deadlock,” said. Same thing happened in 2013 PIKITUP workers went on ‘’STRIKE’’
“Workers are not happy with PIKITUP’S biometric clock-in system and the lack of consultation in its implementation; They want an increase money to provide transport, food, children, and fees for their children, and they are not happy that the management took away the half day off they were given once a month – as a result of overtime work.” said: “It is operationally ineffective and not cost effective to pick up everyone from home. Also it is not safe for employees to drive drunk. Not for themselves or for the community.”
The Managing Director, was not at the scene but a STATEMENT was released later on the company website expressing her response and disappointment in staff embarking on an illegal strike.
“It is unfortunate that our employees have resorted to an unprotected strike in relation to their NEEDS. It is a completely unacceptable course of action as it goes against the Labour Relations Act. As PIKITUP management, we will not tolerate such disregard for the law and will take swift legal action in dealing with all involved,” Workers they are angry at all, and they always making excuses of how things will come around this time. If this carry on like 2013 they will lose everything just like if you go around CBD and BRAAMFONTEIN the place smile bad, so all we need it’s the increase just like people and other people.
“ANONYMOUS’’ We don’t feel it’s necessary for them to strike as their issues don’t make sense. We’re trying to implement systems that are more efficient,” said.
‘’In SAMWU STATEMENT’’ MANAGEMENT disagreed with the workers by stating: “The worker’s demands are both reasonable and legitimate. Workers should have been consulted on all of the above issues. These are concerns which are affecting their day to day activities.”
One of the workers representative said at approximately 11am all strikers were dispersed and sent home by SAMWU representatives. “We are hoping that they will return to work tomorrow morning,” worker’s demanded what they think it’s best for them, and last Friday PIKITUP management called a media briefying that they will finalize everything today and was amazing to workers that at last they listened to them.
PIKITUP CEO said the most workers should be back at work on Monday however “PIKITUP management is refusing to allow some workers back to their respective workplaces”.
WRITTEN BY: EDWIN MPHO MAKITLA………………….PUBLISHED