10 people injured as thousands of PIKI TUP employees strike
BY: JCT REPORTER
24 November 2015
Braamfontein-Thousands of PIKI TUP employees went on a strike on Tuesday morning at PIKI TUP Head office in Braamfontein,as a reaction to the suspension letters that they received on Friday, 20th of November 2015.
All streets in Braamfontein were full of garbage caused by the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) members who were seen in numbers supporting fellow employees who received suspension letters. Police officers fired rubber bullets and teargas to contain the situation.
As the workers were trying to defend themselves, they started throwing stones and sticks which resulted in damaging PIKI TUP Head office windows and door as well as cars which were parked along Juta Street opposite Mandela Bridge.
At around 1 o’clock, one of the PIKI TUP Directors, Mr Lungedo addressed the angry workers and he had this to say, “All workers who received suspension letters must go back to work as from tomorrow, and as PIKI TUP management, we’ll sit down with your representatives and try to find the solutions on this matter”.
After the address by Lungelo, SAMWU members together with PIKI TUP employees seemed not to understand what the management was offering them and demanded to know when Amanda was leaving the job. Workers alleged that Amanda used to threaten them with a gun while they were on duty and said he is the one who is behind their suspension letters. Posters were also carried and written that ‘Amanda must fall!!! Amanda must leave’.
Khumbu Magudulela, Station Manager for the City of Johannesburg representing the Mayor Parks Tau said, “I will pass all the grievances to the City Mayor when he comes back because he is not available due to work commitments. I promise that even the issue of those workers who got shot and injured by the police, will also be addressed to the Mayor”.
Regional Chairperson of SAMWU, Makhay Colonel said “10 SAMWU members were shot and injured by the police officers. Management of PIKI TUP cancelled our benefits such as funeral policies and we want all those benefits back. We want response to our grievances before Christmas”.
He criticised Jozi at Work programme saying they are doing things illegal without informing other government entities. Makhay went on and asked why PIKI TUP workers get the lowest salaries in all departments under City Of Johannesburg. Amanda seems to be the main problem from the views of all PIKI TUP workers who were part of the strike.
JMPD, Gauteng Traffic Police, Gauteng Traffic Public Order and Hilbrow police officers were there to maintain the situation.