Crime continues to mar trucker strike

2012-10-08 18:27
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Johannesburg - Arson, looting and theft marred the start of the third week of the truck drivers’ strike in Gauteng’s East Rand.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Inspector Kobedi Mokheseng said eight trucks had either been torched or stoned on Monday.

The trucks include two from Albany Bakery, which were set alight in Germiston, and another from Sunbake.

The driver of Sunbake's delivery truck and two passengers had their cellphones stolen and their assailants also helped themselves to 60 loaves of bread.

"We’re monitoring the situation with the SAPS," said Mokheseng.

He said the hotspots included railway stations, bridges over freeways and industrial areas.

Mokheseng said no arrests were made today and all the drivers managed to flee.

Another truck delivering fruit and vegetables was stoned and set alight in Boksburg this morning.

This afternoon a Shoprite Checkers truck was torched in Naledi, Soweto, City Press photographer Lucky Nxumalo reported from the scene.

Seven trucks were reportedly torched in Cape Town and no injuries were reported.

The Road Freight Employers Association's (RFEA) Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht confirmed that talks would continue tomorrow.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration will facilitate the negotiations and labour department officials are expected to attend.

Unions representing workers will be at the negotiations at the offices of the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry in Braamfontein, according to Professional Transport and Allied Workers Union general secretary Reckson Baloyi.

Baloyi said the RFEA was offering a three-year agreement but workers are demanding a two-year deal.

"Our initial demand was 12% but we’re not going to settle for anything less than two digits [10%]," he said.
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