Last union mulls freight wage deal

2011-02-21 09:05

Johannesburg - The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) would be meeting with members to decide whether to accept an industry wage deal, it said on Monday.

"We'll be meeting around 9:00 or 10:00... or at least by 13:00," Satawu spokesperson Zenzo Mahlangu told Sapa.

"Either we'll sign (the agreement) or not... following consultation with members," he said.

The union had agreed to the revised offer in principle for its freight worker members on Sunday. The offer included a nine percent increase across the board for 2011 and 8.5%  for the second year.

Three other unions - the Professional Transport Workers' Union (PTWU), Transport Allied Workers' Union of SA (Tawusa) and the Motor Transport Workers' Union (MTWU) - accepted the pay deal on Friday, bringing an end to a week of violent strikes around the country.

About 65 000 truckers embarked on a go-slow on February 13 and downed tools last Monday.

The strike turned violent during the week with at least 20 trucks damaged, 16 people injured and scores of arrests as non-striking truckers were beaten and their trucks looted and burned.

Two men were also seriously injured when their truck was petrol-bombed in Durban on Thursday.

Satawu vice-president June Dube said in an SABC radio interview on Monday that the union was against any violence during their protests.

"You talk and educate them [members] during our gatherings," she said.

"The problem is that during the strike its not only your members... everyone... non-members and whoever becomes part and parcel of the strike - so it becomes very complex."

She said that members were expected to return to work on Tuesday.