Court bid to stop transport strike violence

2012-09-28 12:46

Johannesburg - The Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) approached the Labour Court on Friday with an urgent application to request relief from strike violence, its spokesperson said.

The relief was in terms of violence experienced since Tuesday, said Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht.

The application is being made as employers and unions in the freight logistics industry met on Friday in an attempt to end the strike, which has entered its fifth day.

The RFEA said on a twitter feed dedicated to the strike late on Friday morning: "#RFEA committed to talks today in attempt to resolve dispute.

"#RFEA However approached Labour Court on urgent basis seeking relief against violence emanating from strike. Matter set down for [Friday] afternoon."


The strike began on Monday after employers and unions failed to reach an agreement on wages.

Unions reverted to a 12% pay demand after rejecting a lower offer tabled by employers on Tuesday. The RFEA had proposed a staggered increase of 8.5% effective from March, and a further 0.5% from September next year. The South African office of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) came out in support of the road freight strike.

"The workers' demand for a 12% wage increase is a very moderate demand given the low wages they are paid for their living. Their demands must be satisfied," the WFTU said in a statement.

"WFTU places the responsibility of resolving the transport labour dispute on the shoulders of the bosses, as they have unnecessarily protracted the negotiations."

The unions involved are Satawu, the Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union SA, the Transport and Allied Workers' Union of SA, and the Motor Transport Workers' Union.

The SA Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) said it has put contingency plans in place to maintain the supply of fuel, and hoped for a speedy resolution to the strike.

  • ndumiso.ndlovu.752 - 2012-09-28 12:55

    strikers will get what they are fight for,nothing will stop that now...victory

      typersa.baddy - 2012-09-28 13:06

      Please do not complain when you have to pay more for everything in the near future you dimwit!!!

      ndumiso.ndlovu.752 - 2012-09-28 13:26

      @typersa bubby dont worry about that,when that happens there will be anther strike and we will get what we want

      thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-09-28 13:40

      Log live com forward with 12% long live workres

      joyce.beeton - 2012-09-28 13:51

      Ndumiso.ndlovu.752 the only victory is that critics of you are 100% correct. You only think of to-day. Never mind tomorrow, or next week or next year. As long as you have enough for today. This is called "small minded" - no vision for the future. That's why the people in this country have no future because they are led by "small people". No forward planning, in fact no plans at all. Sad.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-28 13:54

      Violence can lead to death, not even Juju want to die for others anymore.

      heini.botes - 2012-09-28 14:05

      It's time for the police and army to step in the latest transport strike that turned into chaos today, and if another 44 people are shot dead then so be it. This absolute barbaric acts of violence cannot, must not be tolerated anymore. If you cannot strike peacefully and like a civilized human being then you must except the consequences!! The days that these strikers hold South Africa ransom must come to an end. Period! My mate was hit with a brick at a mine yesterday for going to work. You know what get's me, you always hear of these thugs (that's the only way i can describe them, cause loving husbands, fathers, brothers they are not) right to strike, what about my RIGHT to work!!!

      alexandra.nett - 2012-09-28 16:02

      NDUMISO ...from your comments I imagine you are a truck driver. You are in fact a savage....see where your union gets you. I am a Transporter and ALL my drivers are working.....maybe it is because they earn way more than you Union Johnnies get....I have instructed my drivers that if they are intimidated by being mob-attacked to use their trucks (hopefully fully loaded) and to drive over you and your barbarians who have yet to learn what democracy means. You have every right to strike and those who wish to work have every right to work.....unhindered....I sincerely hope that you get exactly what you are demanding ie. trouble.

  • zane.jacobsen - 2012-09-28 12:59

    same story as marikana first 1000 people must die before anything gets done..

  • mvanwyngaardt1 - 2012-09-28 13:47

    What can I say it's like throwing a tantrum like a child when they don't get what they want, seriously that's why SA is what it is these days SA is going down but no one cares just as long as we dance and get more money out of everyone.

  • ettienne.d.jager - 2012-09-28 14:03


      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-09-29 13:26

      Impi parties holds country at ransom. Insane but true. When the going gets violent, the violent gets going.

  • Bernard Breytenbach - 2012-09-28 15:28

    Can the people just stop breaking stuff and hurt innocent people when they strike? There is no reason to bring violence in strikes. Look at the strikes at the mines! More innocent people are getting hurt and nobody is seeing it. Police must stop this violence and the law must be reviewed on how strikes must be handled to negotiate better between all parties.

  • Bernard Breytenbach - 2012-09-28 15:33

    A protest must be done to stop these violent strikes and but those who act as criminals in jail as they deserve! You either stand for rights properly or you don't its that simple! People must face for their consequences.

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