Trucker strike: Union warns of escalation
Johannesburg - A week-long strike by truck drivers will be stepped up if their demands are not met, the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union said on Tuesday.
"Our strike would be converted to a mass rolling action if we fail to reach an agreement with the employer," the union's chairperson June Dube said.
He was addressing more than 1 000 strikers gathered at the offices of the transport and freight bargaining council in Braamfontein.
The union's Gauteng secretary Chris Nkosi outlined the benefits and the pay increases demanded by the strikers.
"We demand a R5 000 to R10 000 salary for our members, and an allowance for the truck drivers who were transporting hazardous goods," he said.
Council CEO Tersia Stroh who received the memorandum said the demands would be conveyed to employers.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the strike would continue until the demands by employees from the road freight sector were met.
He told strikers marching in Johannesburg that their week-long action, which has caused disruptions in several sectors, deserved wide support.
"Even if we fail to convince the employer on Wednesday, we will continue with our protest until the employer meets our demands," Vavi said.
Satawu and road freight employers are to resume pay talks on Wednesday.