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Strikers intimidate drivers in Pinetown

2012-09-27 15:55

Durban - About 250 striking truck drivers threw stones at drivers travelling on Kings Road, Crompton Street and Glenugie Road in Pinetown on Thursday, an eThekwini metro police spokesperson said.

"We have closed off the roads while the public order police negotiate with the strikers," Superintendent Eugene Msomi said.

Msomi said the strikers were intimidating truck drivers who had reported for duty.

"The situation is very tense. We are still quantifying the extent of the damage," he said.

More than 20 000 workers in the road freight transport sector went on a national strike over their pay increase on Monday.

Unions reverted to a 12% pay demand after rejecting a lower offer by employers on Tuesday.

No one has been arrested for the public violence so far.

Comments
  • richard.bind - 2012-09-27 16:04

    The violence that accompanies the strike is appalling. The Law should take its course and anyone responsible for damage to property should be held to account.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-27 16:50

      shoot to kill.it sounds a bit hectic ,right? travelling with kids in a car and they throw stones. F. them shoot the fakkers.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-27 16:20

    Companies should call in their trucks into their yards, the replacing of operators by scabs via labour brokers is endangering the lives of these drivers, and other road users. The RFEAssociation is playing a dangerous game with this ludicrous strategy and it is only going to entice more violence, and an escalation of the strike as more and more operators start to pull their rigs off the road. which is not at all necessary. Companies have had drivers operating on the cheap pathetic renumeration packages for far to long now and it is time to bring salaries of their operators above the line now....not just below the line, not just on the line, but well above the line... call it interest on the shortfall that has not been paid for years. Viva truckers, I hope you get every dime you ask for.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-09-27 16:43

      No Glen - 'Scabs' is the name invented by Communist unions to make people who are willing to work look bad. Economics has to rule in the end, and Communism has utterly ruined every country where it has been. Unions need to be reined in because they are actually causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, while raking in literally HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF RANDS from workers' dues. But they are reaching a ceiling, and people are now starting to realise it.

      ndumiso.ndlovu.752 - 2012-09-27 16:47

      i've been reading all these comment since morning you are the first peason to say something sensible.

      leon.coe.5 - 2012-09-27 16:50

      I agree with you Glen but don't forget that if the companies pay the salaries required the you and i will pay more for our goods. There has to be a regulator cause these operators will put up the price and pass it onto you and I. These drivers are paid the bare minimum so that the operators can afford the high life style they lead.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-27 16:52

      what we need is to automate every sector.have robots driving trucks and robots doing all the work. hey wait,why dont we just employ white people,they dont f.around,they do the job. oh right we cant!

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-27 16:54

      glen what do they earn,can you give us an idea?

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-09-27 16:24

    Why are the cops negotiating with violent criminals.

      ettienne.d.jager - 2012-09-28 17:18

      I was there! I asked the two officers in charge: "why do you not arrest them?" the answer was....... wait for it......!!!!! WE DONT WANT TO UPSET THEM ANY FURTHER!!!!!! WTF!!!! SHOOT THEM! ALL OF THEM!!! METRO AND SAPS SUCK they have NO control

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