Truck unions to adjust pay demand

2012-10-10 17:14

Johannesburg - Three trade unions have agreed to adjust their pay demand in an attempt to end a protracted strike by thousands of truck drivers.

This was confirmed on Wednesday by the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu), which represent the three unions.

"All the unions agreed that we have to conclude the wage negotiations now," said Fedusa general secretary Dennis George.

"We agreed to take the initiative and table a freshly mandated demand to the employers and we reached agreement on several points as put forward in the draft agreement by the employers last Wednesday."

Two Fedusa affiliates are involved in the strike -- the Motor Transport Workers' Union (MTWU) and the Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union (PTAWU). The Transport and Allied Workers' Union is affiliated to Nactu.

They are not linked to the largest of the striking unions, the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union, which is an affiliate of the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

George said it was decided to facilitate a meeting of the three smaller unions after talks between unions and employers broke down on Tuesday.

He said the three unions agreed they wanted a two-year rather than a three-year agreement because of the unpredictability of financial conditions and inflation.

The unions said they were prepared to settle for a 10% increase in the first year and an 8% increase in the second.

Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA) spokeswoman Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht said the employers had tabled two offers.

These were a three-year deal with increase of 10%, 8% and 9% over three years, or a two-year deal with 9% in the first year and 8% in the second.

George said the unions wanted a seven percent increase for both years for new entrants to the industry.

They also sought the speedy implementation of a sector-wide job grading system.

The unions wanted a cross-border allowance to rise by 7% in the first year, and 6% in the second. It currently stood at R105 a day. They wanted the same increase for night-shift allowances.

"We have advised the unions to put these freshly mandated demands in writing and submit them to the employers as soon as possible," George said.

"We are hopeful that these constructive proposals will facilitate a break in the deadlock and take us forward."

Satawu, which represents about 28 000 workers in the strike, is not included in the unions' new agreement.

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  • mzondistanley - 2012-10-10 18:10

    You have made your point clear and i feel it is time to go back and work !! Unless if the Truck owners fail to owner their promises then we have to come back on the Streets!! Other wise you have registred your points quiet well!!!!!! Aluta Continua!! But Let us fight Labour Hire to be Burrie once and for ever!!

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-10-10 21:49

      Do you even know what Aluta Continua means?

  • luca.delbianco.3 - 2012-10-10 18:22

    If those Unions which seem to have agreed to sit again at the negotiations table will end the strike, will SATAWU members attack truck drivers who got back to work?? Most likely in my humble opinion. Law and Order is what it is needed to avoid that. Cheers.

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-10 18:25

    We need a Magareth Thacher to see this through.

  • pm.cindi - 2012-10-10 18:35

    I think is a good thing to reach an agreement, let the killings stop now,we don't need them in our country!

  • colin.dovey - 2012-10-10 18:49

    The only party who wins? Food Prices up......Exchange Rate gone out of kilter. Nobody wins because of higher C.O.L.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-10 18:56

    I hope the bosses play hardboil now and make these strikers pay for there bad behaviour. 2 dead people and for what, unrealistic demands. This sort of increase percentages are only asked for in S.A. The norm is that it is always linked to inflation. But in S.A. they always want more than 10%. Please somebody needs to educate the workers because the unions are not doing it.

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