Thursday, 26 November 2015

Pikit Up strike: Community members in fear!

Source: Twitter.
Your house is not clean if your closet is dirty.

Is been three days of unrest in Braamfontein, workers of Pikit Up on 24th November, 2015; filed out to protest against increase in salary and better treatment by the management of the prestigious company.

Pikit Up Head office is situated on Juta Street and was bombarded with gruntled staff who came out in their hundreds to fanfare a better salary package among others; but were met in violent-face up by Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), South African Police Service (SAPS) and Mabotwane Security officers when they vandalized the building, setting a section of the offices ablaze, hurled objects to the glass-windows and littered refuses across the streets.

The strike which was pronounced illegal still continues but in the wake of today new group of people mobilized and secured by JMPD tidied up the messed up streets. The strike has resulted into closure of many private businesses and selected streets in the community.

A community member and a business owner reacted to this latest development as uncalled for. In his own words “this strike is killing business and we are the end of the year and I am doing business in fear. I have to close down in fear of looting or damage to my business.”

This year has been so hectic in this community upon series of protests conducted by students, political parties, labour parties and so on. Braamfontein is the seat to the Department of Labour, The Labour Court, the EFF offices, the COSATU, WITS, colleges and financial institutions and recently a section of Home Affairs; to mention a few.

The community members in one voice are saying “the comfort of a tree is the comfort of a bird and no one can put a price on piece of mind”; while reaching out to the government to address the issue before it gets out of hand.

By Olagunju, Success Taiwo.

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