Dispute turns nasty, three die

2015-07-09 06:00

LAST month The Witness reported that a labour dispute, which turned nasty between Willowton Logistics and 24 of its 200 drivers may have resulted in the deaths of three people on 23 June. The three died and a fourth was critically injured when two trucks collided on the N3 near the Lions River turnoff.

Circumstantial evidence from the accident suggested that a large “concrete block” was thrown onto a Willowton truck as it drove under the Lions River bridge, causing the driver to lose control and crash into a Honeydew truck.

At the time of the incident, ­Willowton Group director Shoaib Moosa alleged the drivers on strike were responsible for the incident. The drivers denied the allegations the next day.

The dispute centres on the ­drivers wanting their own union, which they said the company would not recognise. At the time, Moosa said the company would not recognise the union as Willowton Logistics ­belonged to the Transport ­Bargaining Council, which regulated the working conditions and salaries of employees. - Supplied

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