Truckers' deal guarantees stability

2012-10-12 13:59

Johannesburg - The wage deal ending the three-week-long truck drivers' strike will guarantee stability in the industry, the Road Freight Bargaining Council said on Friday.

"This is a three-year-deal. This guarantees stability in the industry for a long time to come," council chairperson Dave Behrens said in Johannesburg.

The deal was staggered over three years and had a 10% wage increase in the first year, eight in the second, and nine in the third.

The first wage increase would be implemented on March 1, 2013. The negotiations were facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration.

Road Freight Employers' Association chairperson Penwell Lunga said: "We set the trend for other industries and we are going to defend this agreement."

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  • elgh.elgh - 2012-10-12 14:25

    "This is a three-year-deal. This guarantees stability in the industry for a long time to come," Some of the mines have a wage agreement until next year, but did that stop the strikers from wanting more?

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-12 14:27

      exactly my thought!!! We'll have the same crap come Christmas time, or early March. 27% over three years - for sitting and driving a truck. I shudder.

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-12 14:35

      Agreed. We also have police and laws in our country which are supposed to guarantee stability and protection from rioting strikers. On paper, it looks like a good idea...

      ianon.ym - 2012-10-12 14:48

      Lets see how stable this is when everything around us becomes unfordable due to this 3 year stability guarantee.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-12 15:33

      "deal guarantees stability" Who in there right mind can guarantee this???????????

  • tebogo.kwape.1 - 2012-10-12 14:25

    The truckers' strike is over. A deal has been signed. you get your 10%. To all those who deliberately placed lives in danger, hurt and killed others in the process and destroyed property remember that you create a precedence. The lives you have harmed will never be the same. The next It will be you, your family, colleague or friend who get exposed to the same harm you placed others in. You were way too shortshighted to understand the long term effects of your actions. You reap what you sow.

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-12 14:46

      Your argument is one sided, what are your views about employers who refuses to pay more?

      neil.harris.370177 - 2012-10-12 15:51

      ummmm, then dont work form them poloyatonki! Isn't that what freedom of choice and democracy is? the very reason comrade Biko died? Surely not to force another, at a tip of an axe, to pay you what you want. Negitiations induced in fear are BS. Its like someone sitting down in your house and saying give me R1000 or else I will burn it to the ground, just cause I give him the money doesnt mean I agree and they are justified. Grow up dude, these strikes have done no one good, not even the strikers. I can guarantee you that half of these industries will drastically reduce their workforce come December 2013.

  • alf.pop - 2012-10-12 14:27

    What a rewarde for destroying property and killing people! As for the stability for a long time to come - when has unionised labour ever respected any deal struck over a period of time? DREAM ON!

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-12 14:32

    A three year deal... That means no striking, no disgruntlement, no burning or throwing bricks for 36 MONTHS..... It's not possible.

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-12 14:50

      How do you know that Einstain?

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-12 15:02

      We have the right to strike.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-12 14:39

    But justice must be served for innocent lives lost n malicious damage to property,those responsible must not get scottfree,thy robbed ada children their breadwinners n intentionaly escalate number of orphans

  • jacek.tomkow - 2012-10-12 14:44

    What are the repercussions when people start striking again? In a year’s time? When the next increase is not enough to cover the increase in toll fees and petrol increases and inflation because of the interest rate increase due to the hit the country has taken over the past few months. What happens then?

      mthimkulu.mhlokonya - 2012-10-12 14:50

      i believe they will strike again, that is the norm lately, we agree to disagree later.....

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-12 14:44

    Will they please go back to work and earn some money while delivering my new fishing rod and reel which has been in Durban waiting for a lift for more than a week now........

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-12 14:49

      looks like the strike really hit you where it hurts.

  • mthimkulu.mhlokonya - 2012-10-12 14:46

    lately no one wants to sit on the table, they want things by force, that's the norm everytime someone strikes, guess we threw our negotiation skills out of the window, but some selfish employers also don't want to come to the party, just everything has gone up, u can't expect one to be on the same salary for the past 3yrs......

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-12 15:07

    What guarantee do we have that the same truck drivers will not turn against this agreement down the line - and demand a R20 000 minimum wage?

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-12 22:00

    Its almost 30% in 3 years, totally unsustainable!!!

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