Busa worried over trucker strike fallout

2012-10-01 17:15

Johannesburg - Business Unity SA (Busa) expressed concern on Monday at the economic effects of the road freight industry strike.

"Of grave concern is that the economy is suffering and millions of rands have already been lost in production and wages," Busa CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni said in a statement.

"Confidence in South Africa's ability to ensure a stable business environment where investments are secure and good economic growth is achieved, has been eroded and it is going to be difficult to reverse this."

Truck drivers aligned to the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union, the Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union SA, the Transport and Allied Workers' Union of SA, and the Motor Transport Workers' Union have been on a pay strike for a week.

On Friday, the Labour Court granted an interdict preventing any violence during the strike after trucks were set alight and stoned, and staff were assaulted.

Majokweni appealed to all involved to find a resolution to the strike.

Busa believed that where there was damage to property, the organising union should be held liable.

"We call upon all concerned to speak with their members as industrial peace is best achieved within a framework of clear rights and obligations," said Majokweni.

"We cannot afford another Marikana."

Unions wanted a 12% increase in pay and rejected a lower offer tabled by employers on Tuesday.

Talks were expected to continue on Wednesday.

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  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-01 18:05

    Its all good and well to be "worried" over the striking events. However,why are these drivers simply not being given an ultimatum-return to work or sit without a job! This is totally unacceptable that the entire economy of the country is dictated by the anarchist behavior displayed by both unions and their members. We need a Margaret Thatcher in this country to have a pair and lay down some ruleses and actually ENFORCE them!

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-10-01 18:14

    Why is a court order necessary to stop violence ? Surely violence is a crime ?

      julio.sanfona - 2012-10-01 18:58

      This goes to show that our useless government are lacking balls.

  • jayjay.mlungu - 2012-10-01 18:35

    The real issue is that GDP is expected to be 2.5% this year while workers are demanding huge increases (not just mining & transport)-unsustainable and many people are going to suffer the consequences including all reading this blog

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-01 18:54

    The real issue here is zero accountabily,zero brains etc.

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-10-01 18:57

    There is obviously a lot wrong with our labour force, especially if there are millions on unemployed people in the country, and many with with the right credentials, who would be happy to have a job and then there others who have a job but are totally disatisfied with their conditions. Why not lower the expectations and give work to those who are prepared to do the job. Then we might become more competitive in the international markets and maybe we will be able create more work for the unemployed ones.

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