Transport workers lost R271m

2012-10-12 12:47

The three-week-long transport sector strike that ended today saw workers lose millions of rands in wages.

“Workers lost R271 million in wages while employers suffered a R1.2 billion loss a week,” Road Freight Employers’ Association chairperson Penwell Lunga told reporters in Johannesburg.

The strike had been marred by violence, with delivery vehicles looted and set alight, one driver killed, and several others injured.

Lunga said employers had been operating at between 70% and 80% capacity as of Wednesday.

SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu said his union was wrongly blamed for the violence.

“There were three other unions on strike as well, but we hear Satawu being blamed for the violence. Employers know we never burnt a single truck.”

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.

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