Truck drivers march in Cape Town

2012-10-04 13:21
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Cape Town - Truck drivers marched in Parow, Cape Town, on Thursday morning to hand over a memorandum to the road freight bargaining council, a union official said.

SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) spokesperson Vincent Masoga said the march started at the Parow train station and ended on Voortrekker Road.

Regional bargaining council manager Harold Booysen said he had accepted the memorandum and would submit it to all employers.

According to provincial Satawu secretary Thandubuntu Roto, around 300 people took part in the march and no violence occurred.

Masoga estimated the number of marchers was closer to 1 000.

Before the march, union members were told violence was not needed. They were asked not to carry any tribal weapons such as pangas, or to throw stones.

In several parts of the country trucks have been pelted with stones and set alight.

Parties were expected to re-convene for negotiations at 13:00, to bring an end to the two-week strike.

Drivers asked for a 12% salary increase while employers offered 8.5% for next year, and another 0.5% the following year.

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