Truckers’ strike may put strain on ATMs

2012-09-29 00:00

THE national truck strike could see some banks waiting for cash deliveries, putting a strain on ATMs this weekend.

The SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has warned of the possible delays.

Spokesperson Kevin Twiname admitted that the strike did affect the cash-in-transit industry, which has put in place contingency measures.

“Certainly, given that these contingency measures are not equivalent to full operations on a normal day-to-day basis, there are some areas where service delays will be experienced,” Twiname said.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) opposed the urgent application brought by the Road Freight Employers’ Association (RFEA) to the Labour Court to deal with the violent strike by truck drivers.

“They are trying to disrupt our strike as a tactic. We are opposing this application and on Monday we will be in the Labour Court to oppose their application,” said Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga.

The Labour Court has granted an interim interdict directing Satawu to publicly forbid its members to engage in violence.

Masoga said talks were ongoing to end the impasse over wages.

Superintendent Eugene Msomi said a truck driver in Durban ran away after being stopped by the strikers. It is alleged that they burnt the truck.

“The driver ran for his life when stopped by a group of about 50 striking drivers in Pinetown who later allegedly drove off with the truck and set it on fire in New Germany,” said Msomi.

He added that police closed Kings Road, Glenugie Road and Sunnyside Lane as strikers gathered, and then left after it rained.

The strike started on Monday after employers and unions failed to reach an agreement on wages.

Unions reverted to a 12% pay demand after rejecting a lower offer tabled by employers.

The RFEA had proposed a staggered increase of 8,5% effective from March, and a further 0,5% from September next year.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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