Truckers agree to end strike

2011-02-18 22:20

Johannesburg - Three striking freight unions have accepted a revised wage offer of nine percent, a union official said on Friday.

"Three unions have signed an agreement and their members will return to work on Monday," said Reckson Baloyi, general secretary of the Professional Transport Workers Union (PTWU).

He said the PTWU, the Transport Allied Workers Union of SA (Tawusa) and the Motor Transport Workers Union (MTWU) had accepted the nine percent offer, while Cosatu-aligned union, the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), had rejected the offer.

"Our understanding is that only one province, Limpopo, accepted the offer while the majority of Satawu members rejected it," he said.

He said members of the three unions would return to work while Satawu would continue with the strike.

The offer tabled by the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) was a nine percent increase across the board for 2011 and 8.5% for the second year.

Negotiations continued on Friday night with the unions proposing a further one percent to be granted between September and November this year and an eight percent on the second year, but the employer rejected it.

An achievement by the unions in the industry was the employer agreeing to an extended bargaining unit, Baloyi said.

For the past 10 years supervisors and controllers were not included when unions negotiated.

"Another thing the members are happy about is the thirteenth cheque they will receive at the end of December."

These revised terms to the wage agreement were added on Thursday, Baloyi said.

The unions were demanding a pay hike of 10% 2011 and 10% for 2012.

They were also negotiating on decreasing the use of labour brokers and consultants in the industry.

The RFEA had initially offered 7.5%t for 2011 and again in 2012.

  • Callahan Negus - 2011-02-19 03:00

    I cannot understand where they expect the money to come from. They are merely forcing up transport costs which will mean average goods and services will be more expensive, this negating the wage increase they have just received.

  • Bricks - 2011-02-19 22:59

    Oh no! Mo shortages at the ATM's. No fuel shortage! What am I going to do with all the canned food that I stocked?

  • Peaches - 2011-02-21 06:37

    Well it doesnt matter where the money comes from, they deserve an increase like any other worker, there is inflation and the cost of living is steadily increasing.yes the cost of transport will go up but thats jkust the way these things work. People cannot earn less than the cost of living just so the transport costs stay low. they are well within their rights to demand more money and better working conditions. this coutry does not work people like slaves.

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