eThekwini Municipality says Durban Solid Waste employees, who went on strike last Friday demanding permanent employment, have returned to work.

The protest action has resulted in a disruption of refuse collection across the city.

The municipality’s spokesperson, Mandla Nsele says after a meeting held on Sunday it was agreed that staff members return to work with immediate effect.

“The city’s refuse removal service has resumed. The city’s Expanded Public Works Programme employees who were on strike since Friday demanding full employment reported to work on Tuesday morning. We are happy that the service has resumed and that all our employees are back at work the city has since doubled even capacity to ensure that the backlog is cleared by the end of this week,” says Nsele.