Strike to expand to port workers

2012-10-07 17:15

Johannesburg - A strike by truck drivers is set to spread to rail and port workers this week, the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said on Sunday.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said the union had applied at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for permission to expand the strike to ports and railways.

Masoga said the union would continue to negotiate with employers, with the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

However, he added that relations and trust with the employer were worsening.

"We are losing confidence," Masoga said.

Satawu has been asking for a 12% wage increase but was prepared to negotiate a compromise if the employers, including the Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA), were willing to also compromise.

"We're prepared to even take 10% but the guys are not budging at all," Masoga said.

He accused RFEA of dishonesty and said a "double-digit" increase only amounted to 9% over three years.

"They are misrepresenting what they sent. They are lying to the public," Masoga said.

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  • ianon.ym - 2012-10-07 17:32

    Looks like SA is about to be shut down for some time to come -

  • alan.davis.5249 - 2012-10-07 17:47

    Jump on the band waggon, why not ????? Watch this space ....CIVIL war in the making....normal workers are getting pissed off with the lazy, good for nothing strickers !

  • alan.davis.5249 - 2012-10-07 17:52

    Does this also mean that the Union committee members also get a Fat increase (for bringing SA to bankrupsy and violent turmoil-like the ruling party)?

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-10-07 17:59

    The damage to the economy will only mean prices will rise and any subsequent pay rise will be swallowed............what then, we're back to square one, except those of us who will not get a pay rise?????????

      nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-07 21:19

      if dat hapens we ol strike 2 zuma n he'l pay us our tax monnies # Lol... dat hs eatin wit women`s

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-07 20:58

    One thing is clear, business will avoid employing unionized workers. Workers have seen how ineffectual unions are and will want to discontinue membership. Looks like our systems are maturing at last. Anybody who thinks he can treble his salary and not give anything back in return is either deceived or stupid. Unions are creating unrealistic expectations to win favor with their members. When they don't deliver they get into trouble, ask the dead NUM reps. Unions are an anachronism, bye bye unions.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-08 06:50

    Well done ANC, Everyone get your passports ready!!!

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