Wage talks in truck driver strike collapse

2012-10-04 15:48

Wage talks to end a strike by more than 20 000 truck drivers have collapsed after unions rejected the employers 18% pay rise offer over two years, the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) has said.

“This afternoon the unions responded that once again they do not accept the deal which met their demand of 18% over two years,” the RFEA said.

Fuel suppliers have started to feel the pinch as the strike entered its second week, with deliveries to pumps delayed and stations running out of certain types of fuel.

The RFEA said unions kept shifting the goal post.

“Late last night the facilitator presented the parties with a proposed settlement, which parties at the time agreed to sell to their constituencies,” the RFEA said in a statement today.

“This afternoon the unions responded that they once again do not accept the Department of Labour’s and CCMA’s co-facilitated deal, which met their demand of 18% in the first two years, plus an additional third year included in the cycle, resulting in a three-year agreement.”

The association said no further meetings with the unions have been scheduled at this stage.

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