Cosatu supports transport strike

2012-09-25 19:01

Johannesburg - Truck drivers are an essential element of South Africa's economy - yet are paid "pitifully" low wages, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Tuesday.

"Truck drivers work for long and unsocial hours, battle with difficult road conditions, require a high degree of skill and are an essential cog in the wheels of our economy," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"Yet they are rewarded with pitifully low wages."

Cosatu supported truck drivers' demand of a 12% inflation-related pay increase.

Over 20 000 road freight employees embarked on a protected strike on Monday.

Craven said some employers were trying to divide workers by alleging that the strike had been averted.

"Cosatu calls upon the employers to return as soon as possible to the negotiation table with an improved offer, failing which the federation will continue to give support and solidarity to the strikers."

Earlier on Tuesday, striking workers in Gauteng rejected their employers' latest offer of 8.5%, said SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson Vincent Masoga.

However, talks continued at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.

Unions of the remaining provinces and employers continued discussing the offer.

Striking truck drivers in the Johannesburg CBD threw stones at passing trucks earlier on Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar advised companies not to send any trucks into the Johannesburg CBD in order to avoid further violence and damage to trucks.

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  • - 2012-09-25 19:21

    How on earth can anyone support ANY strikes at all at this stage???? This is costing South African MILLIONS! Now all of the sudden COSATU try to take a stance , after all their recent failures trying to make name! How about all the other people and businesses loosing more and more?

      Blixum - 2012-09-26 08:49

      Why worry about the millions SA is losing Martin? People are losing their jobs because of these strikes and they will continue to strike amd they will continue to lose jobs until the anc is kicked out of parliament.

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-09-25 23:18

    change your countrys name to the republic of strikes,violence and makes sense

  • hmbadenhorst - 2012-09-26 07:30

    "12% inflation-related pay increase." - How can 12% be inflation related?

  • pieter.pretorius.106 - 2012-09-26 07:43

    Hold the unions accountable for all damages caused by a strike.

  • harry.gray.9041 - 2012-09-26 08:12

    What the unions(and drivers) don't understand is that the increase on Wages will push up transport costs, hence cost on production.Their action causing inflation means that they now will have to fork out more for consumables..they then moan about the cost of living!!!! wake up people

  • wsidina1 - 2012-09-26 09:02

    When it comes to wage increase employees r always striking... .can't the employer implement another strategy to overcome this...

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-26 09:47

    It'nt if amazing how when violence and vandalism breaks out it is never the Union workers its blamed on non union workers. Really, its shocking. Well we are going to see loads of miners unemployed because of their demand and the same is going to happen here in the Transport Industry. Numsa and Cosatu trying to get a foot in the door.

  • Cabashe - 2012-09-26 10:05

    I am a truck driver and am tired of this excuse of losing jobs when people decide to strike. What I know these companies close down whether you go on or not and in the process we lose jobs. The very same transport companies waste thousands of rands each and everyweek on labour brokers. Viva 12percent viva!!!

      Jaap - 2012-09-26 19:55

      Cabashe, one can really not expect any sense from you. That is why you are in the position you are. You have no clue how any business works! Why? because you are an inherent consumer and will never, ever be a producer. There is a vast difference between the two.

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