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​14/03/2016: Pikitup welcomes Samwu's call as dismissal process continues 
The City of Johannesburg, Pikitup Board and its Management welcome the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU)’s national office call for its members at the waste management entity to return to work.
This is as Pikitup continues issuing pre-dismissal notices as a result of the workers’ failure to return to work on Thursday, 10 March 2016. The workers also failed to heed the call by their own union to return to work on Friday, 11 March 2016.

Following the unruly behaviour of workers during the recent illegal strike where the City’s assets were damaged, 19 workers were arrested. Eleven of them were released due to lack of evidence while the others are set to appear in court on charges of malicious damage to property and intimidation. More arrests are expected.

Residents and business owners are advised to take out their bins as per their normal refuse schedule starting from Monday, 14 March 2016.

Areas where bins were not collected on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be serviced as per the areas’ normal refuse collection schedule. Collection will continue into the night and the bins must be left out during the night.

Residents and business owners are also encouraged to contact the Pikitup Call Centre for any complaints related to refuse collection and other related queries on 0860 562874. They can also visit the Pikitup website on for a detailed refuse collection schedule.

The City, Pikitup Board and its Management once more apologise to residents and business owners for the inconvenience caused by the recent illegal work stoppage.