Transport talks continue

2012-10-04 09:26

Johannesburg - Talks at the Road Freight Bargaining Council continued into Thursday morning in an attempt to end the truck drivers' strike.

"The negotiations adjourned today (Thursday) at 1am and will continue again at 1pm," Road Freight Employers' Association spokesperson Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht said in a recorded message on her cellphone.

She was not immediately available for further details.

SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union spokesperson Vincent Masoga said unions and employers would consult separately among themselves before returning to negotiations.

In parts of the country trucks had been pelted with stones and set alight as the strike entered its second week. Pranksters sparked panic by sending out messages claiming additional attacks and marches.

Drivers want a 12% salary increase while employers offered 8.5% for next year, and another 0.5% the following year.

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  • ken.koen - 2012-10-04 09:37

    Every year all the unions go on strike and on the rampage wrecking and destroying and killing, all for an annual increase they're going to get anyway as part of normal remunertion practices. Is this nation populated by imbiciles? Is the nation trying to commit suicide? Or is it just a case uf unscrupulous unions who manipulate simple minded labourers as a means of generating their own riches?

  • marc.rule - 2012-10-04 09:58

    Easy give them 8.5% and if they dont like it change the amount to 6% then if they do not go back to work fire them. there are many people out there that do not have work that will love to work.

  • ruco.ebersohn - 2012-10-04 10:10

    Satawu must pick up the bill to replace and repair property that has been damaged. Unions don't have to take any responsibility for strikes that they arranged getting out of hand. Once this is put in place, strikes will take place in a far more adult manner.

  • david.stopforth.5 - 2012-10-04 10:16

    The leaders of the Unions should Pay for Burned or Damaged Trucks they just call the Shots but know you know why SA is the lowest in the world when it comes to Productivity When they see the Media they are very productive in dancing or trying to Dance So they are Shooting them self in the foot and destroying Growth

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