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Call for 'iron discipline' as strikers meet

2012-10-01 08:30

Johannesburg - Striking truck drivers have been granted permission to gather on Johannesburg's Beyers Naude Square for a meeting on Monday, metro police said.

"No roads will be closed for this meeting as the organisers have undertaken that the protest will be a peaceful protest," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

Officers would be deployed to Simmonds Street in the CBD to monitor the situation from 10:00 until 14:00.

Truck drivers aligned to the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu), Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union SA, the Transport and Allied Workers' Union of SA, and the Motor Transport Workers' Union (MTWU) had been on strike over pay for a week.

On Friday the Labour Court granted an interdict preventing any violence during the strike after trucks were set alight or stoned and staff assaulted.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said all unions involved in the wage dispute with the Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA) condemned the violence. He called for "iron discipline".

Unions wanted a 12% increase in pay and rejected a lower offer tabled by employers on Tuesday.

Talks were expected to continue on Wednesday.

The RFEA's executive officer, Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht, said at the weekend that three cash-in-transit member companies signed an agreement with MTWU members on Friday night, but that this was not sanctioned by the RFEA or any of the other unions.

She was not immediately available to comment on Monday, but according to a voicemail message on her phone, and the RFEA's Twitter feed, the strike would continue.

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Comments
  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-01 08:41

    A cosato affiliATED union showing discipline ,fat chance. I'd give better odds you could teach a pig to eat at a table with knives and forks

  • mbali.mvuyana - 2012-10-01 09:01

    I have been to 2 petrol stations to fill up and both had no gas.... Im 3quaters to empty....

      thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-10-01 09:48

      We will remain in the streets until the last drop of fuel is sold,until the last note is withdrawn from the Atm and until the last item is sold the Supermarket

      thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-10-01 09:48

      We will remain in the streets until the last drop of fuel is sold,until the last note is withdrawn from the Atm and until the last item is sold the Supermarket

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-10-01 10:02

      @thabo really and when it starts affecting you like no more fuel to get you to the hospital for your meds .

      kirsten.a.foster.100 - 2012-10-01 10:09

      Then you will die of cold & starvation. Go to work if you want to get paid. If you want more educate yourself. Pig

      aarchaic - 2012-10-01 10:35

      Thabo why you not in the masses? you a hipocrit sitting t your home/office or where ever theres a computer you can comment on... Go stand in the sun and sweat like the rest...

  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-10-01 09:07

    These strikers along with the unions do NOT know the meaning of discipline. It wont take long before chaos reigns again

  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-01 09:39

    Wonder what excuse the unions will use now to avoid paying for damages.

  • thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-10-01 09:41

    We want 12% not violence

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-10-01 09:44

      Well I want to be able to read the news with out hearing about the destruction caused by strikers.

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-10-01 09:52

      Well I want to be able to read the news with out hearing about the destruction caused by strikers.

      kirsten.a.foster.100 - 2012-10-01 10:10

      Ya so do I- so I studied. You are black- you have more chance of acceptance to institutions. How about you try it!

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-10-01 09:42

    When it comes to these strikers there is no such thing as discipline . They demand and then destroy

  • Shakeel Williams - 2012-10-01 11:05

    forward with 12% forward amandla satawu viva 12%

      thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-10-01 12:57

      Viva comrade Williams forward with 12%

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-01 11:28

    Isn't it time that a moratorium was put on wage/salary increases - even for the politicians? - Kathy

  • bakers.dozen.14 - 2012-10-01 19:05

    Mother-truckers the lot of them. Screwing up our frail economy further.

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