Striking truckers ordered to stop violence

2012-10-05 16:15

Cape Town - The Labour Court in Johannesburg on Friday granted an interdict ordering transport labour unions’ striking members to stop them from causing any act of violence, vandalism or intimidation.

The Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) approached the court to order the striking freight and truck workers to refrain from violence after various incidents were reported nationwide.

Strikers have torched trucks, thrown objects at traffic, while working drivers have also been attacked this week.

The unions have been ordered to "issue public statements to the media, calling on members to desist from any unlawful or criminal conduct forthwith".

The Transport and Allied Workers Union, the Motor Transport Workers Union, the Professional Transport and Allied Workers Union of South Africa, and the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union have been striking for a 12% across-the-board wage increase, while theRFEA has been offering 6%.

  • braamc - 2012-10-06 08:35

    Please savages, no rape, murder, burning of trucks, killing etc

  • so.cooked.5 - 2012-10-06 09:50

    F me! Now you need an interdict just to stop people causing violence, vandalism etc. What happened to, "You busted, bam in the slammer you go!" What bollocks!!

      alf.pop - 2012-10-09 13:14

      What is going to happen now that they cldearly ignored the court interdict? Will their chocolate rations be stopped? As long as government does not tackle this serious issue nothing will change! Unions are supposed to foot the bill for damages! I have yet to see that enforced.

  • kseyffert - 2012-10-06 14:30

    I still say that the unions must foot the bill for all damages. this is the ONLY way they seriously consider controlling their members.

  • eugene.mulder1 - 2012-10-06 18:24

    Claim all the damage agains the unions!

  • heathway.master - 2012-10-06 19:17

    When I first started working, the first thing my parents told me was not to wipe my behind with my job. They told me it was one of the most precious things a person could have. These strikers have wiped their behinds with their jobs, and the mine/transport firms should stand firm on firing and never ever hiring them again. Let them learn than everyone is responsible for their own actions, and they must sleep in the bed they have made for themselves. As for threatening violence, they are continuously violent so what is at all different. Let mine security shoot them between the eyes as they carry out their job of protecting property/transport vehicles. The whole of South Africa is now sick to death of the behaviour of these completely ungrateful and undeserving scum.

  • marc.ross.965 - 2012-10-09 12:04

    Violence,vandalism and intimidation are illegal actions. Or are they legal only until an interdict against them is issued? People seriously wonder why they are treated like second class human beings when in fact that is too good for them.Some real research needs to be done to establish how South Africa was once the cradle of mankind and today be the place which breeds the stupidist humans in history.

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