Striking drivers throw stones at trucks

2012-09-25 13:51

Johannesburg - Striking truck drivers in the Johannesburg CBD threw stones at passing trucks on Tuesday, metro police said.

"The trucks were passing Beyers Naude square, where truck drivers are protesting," Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

"Companies are requested to tell their people not to send any trucks into the Joburg CBD in order to avoid further violence and damage to trucks."

Earlier, the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) said over 20 000 employees in the road freight sector were on strike over their pay increase on Tuesday.

Employees in the road freight sector - which includes truck drivers - were demanding a 12% increase. Their employers had offered 8.5%.

Satawu said the strike came about when wage negotiations deadlocked after protracted discussions since early June at the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI).

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said no marches were planned for Tuesday, but that workers would gather at Beyers Naude Gardens, opposite the Johannesburg Library, for news.

Notice was given for a strike from Monday, but the effects were not immediately visible because it was a public holiday.


Minnaar said traffic was being diverted from Simmonds Street and Pritchard Street as well as at the intersection of Harrison and Pritchard streets and President and Sauer streets.

Durban metro police said road freight sector employees were believed to have intimidated a driver on Richmond Road in Pinetown.

"There were about 150 protesters who were intimidating transport workers," Eugene Msomi said.

"A truck driver claimed that the protesters stopped his vehicle and took his keys."

Msomi said that earlier the protesters gathered on Richmond Road but had since moved to Kings Road in Pinetown.

It was not clear which companies the protesters in Durban worked for.

Satawu, a Congress of SA Trade Unions affiliate, is the biggest union in the four-union strike, with an estimated 28 000 members in the road freight sector, said Masoga.

Members ranged from drivers delivering fuel to workers associated with a truck network which travelled around the country or crossed borders into neighbouring countries for other deliveries.

The other unions are the Transport and Allied Workers' Union, the Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union SA and the Motor Transport Workers' Union.

The Road Freight Association, which represents employers, told its members on its website: "Although unions are consulting members on the proposal, the strike notice stands, so employees can strike..."

Masoga said the parties in the bargaining council were expected to meet at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration at 15:00 on Tuesday for further negotiations.

Satawu said the unions were aiming for an inflation-related wage settlement of 12% across the board, for implementation in 2013 and 2014.

They also wanted an equal increase for workers classified under the council's extended bargaining unit.

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-09-25 13:57

    They just cannot keep it civilized...can they.

      sebenza.vanrooy - 2012-09-25 13:59

      There shouldn't be stones in the city,in the first place.

      kim.buren - 2012-09-25 14:01

      Bring the army in. Hollow point bullets

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-25 14:14

      No they cant, they dont know how!!! They will never learn...

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-25 14:21

      Coca cola has confirmed that Stoney deliveries are unaffected.

      ppisciotta - 2012-09-25 14:28

      They are animals - what should you expect?

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-25 15:11

      Janice, settle down. There isn't a moderator watching every message you type. Anyone with tech knowledge can tell you that the News24 platform (web structure/comments/mobile app) is full of flaws. Your comment isnt being deleted, it is taking longer than normal to process... Particularly if it has been done on a Mobile Phone through the News24 application. "EVERYTHING IS A CONSPIRACY"

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-25 15:43

      You are wrong Tony, it cant be being 'processed' if it was there, and then deleted!

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-25 16:06

      Eish ... the Strikers are always only a stone's throw away....

  • julian.booyens - 2012-09-25 13:57

    Throw some rubber bullets in their direction

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-25 14:11


      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-25 15:26

      They're doing the same at the Richards Bay offramp on the N@.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-25 15:32


  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 13:59

    And our esteemed president preaches to the world about the rule of law or something....

      Bluecrest - 2012-09-25 14:13

      Well said!

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-09-25 14:05

    Violent bunch, shoot them, imagine you are a truck driver coming from some other country ( trucks are not exclusive to south africa only) and you driving past jhb and these hooligans throw stones at you coz you are not striking. nonsense nonsense , do they want a truck driver based in congo to park his truck and join their strike? idiots idiots

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-25 14:12

      sanchez, if I could give you a million thumbs up, I would!!! My thoughts exactly!

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-09-25 14:35

      a billion thumbs up!!! They are lazy to think

  • Rudi Linsley-Noakes - 2012-09-25 14:06

    Ja, thank the unions! You do grace to our country... One day I'll be at their bosses doors striking for an ending to the violence they plague on this once beautiful country

  • christo.crous - 2012-09-25 14:06

    Die blerrie "Geldenhuyse"!! al wat hulle soek is geld en huise.. lol

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-09-25 14:12

    Here we go again!!! Seems like the Marikana philosophy of violence is starting again... It starts with a few stones and where will it end? Bullets and bodies??? I pray not... Lets keep it peaceful please...

  • francois.leroux.779 - 2012-09-25 14:14

    Inflation-related increase. 12%? Go figure!

  • John - 2012-09-25 14:18

    So now it is officially legal to protest violently in SA. The police will not do anything, the army will not do anything, and the unions and their members will not be held accountable. Again the ANC are all hot-air and empty promises! The Prez does his rounds internationally saying the rule of law is paramount, yet he leads the way in ignoring this horrific practice! Maybe citizens affected by violent protest action should aim their claims at the presidency. Let the philanderer put his money where his big mouth is!

      thapelo.teleki - 2012-09-25 14:35

      john anc will rule you until die

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-25 15:05

      Apparently "the ANC will rule you till (you) die". Two perfect examples of lack of education, and lack of knowledge of a democracy.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-09-25 14:21

    The right to strike is entrenched in our Constitution but the right to stop others from working during your strike is not in the said Constitution. What makes normal people, most of them family men go from being generally law abiding citizens to becoming ruthless thugs? These strikes are all engineered by the unions, not the workers and they are revved up by the rhetoric spewed forth by their labour "leaders" most of whom have absolutely no concept of economics. It is just a "demand" culture that permeates through our workforce. Whilst everyone deserves the right to earn a minimum wage plus, most average workers would jump at the prospect of receiving an 8.5% increase! )Bearing in mind that inflation runs at roughly 5% this would be an above inflation increase). 12% is unsustainable and mark my words, this strike will be settled at around 9 - 9.5% and those thugs will all go back to work little knowing the effect their action will have had on the economy.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-09-25 14:27

    Strike season is here once again! The SAPS will be pussyfooting around them as not to upset potential voters for Mangaung. The Labour law in SA is there to be abused by the workers and leave the employers totally helpless. Will the same Labour Law be upheld when the Chinese take over our economy?

  • ron.bilyard - 2012-09-25 14:35

    I dont believe it.Striking workers attacking those who ignored the strike? In South Africa? Unbelievable!

  • david.questioner - 2012-09-25 14:35

    "Companies are requested to tell their people not to send any trucks into the Joburg CBD in order to avoid further violence and damage to trucks." An absolute crock of shyte. What about doing something about the perpetrators???

  • darryl.maze.3 - 2012-09-25 14:39

    Just another day in SA. What is up with these strikers and throwing stones??? Really they are are a bunch of brainless idiots. They have no right to stop or intimidate other truck drivers. This is a democratic country. The police must use force. All these strikers are taking chances. They want the police to do the same aas Marikana.

  • thapelo.teleki - 2012-09-25 14:46

    the only thing boers know is griticism

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-09-25 14:53

      And how to spell

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-25 15:20

      Well said, Daniel!

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-25 16:08

      whereas.. Thapelo is a Limpopo Graduate!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-25 14:52

    Why has it taken this long, since June for negotiations to actually go nowhere and end up in a strike. Somebody somewhere is just not doing their job properly.

  • mick.puzone - 2012-09-25 15:06

    I thought they had achieved an agreement on Sunday morning. we run a transport business, none of my drives are on strike. Remember these drivers get basic pay, holiday pay, bonus pay and any leave pay and any sick pay that doesn’t get used gets paid out to them at the end of the year. They get paid an allowance for meals and allowance for nights out. This is an industry where cross border permits have increased by 1000% the diesel price has gone ridiculous, with e-tolling coming aboard. We can’t survive. for a south African transporter to send a truck to Zambia /Zimbabwe we need to pay in Zimbabwe and again in Zambia (carbon tax, truck and trailer insurance, gate pass, toll fees etc etc. all in USD) and I moron governments lets in Zimbabwean trucks don’t even have to pay e-tolling or any permits to drive on our roads. For a company to send one truck to Zambia you need R25000 diesel and R10000 for permits and transit costs through Zimbabwe and Zambia

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-27 02:07

      It sounds like you guys need to go on a national strike,......what are you guys waiting for. I understand your costs, and struggle to survive, with all the costs going up, you just have to put up your costs as well, and that cost should be increased to include operators cost as well period. I do however also support the operators demands, as I know that the larger percentage of drivers are being paid below their value.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-25 15:20

    I would not throw stones at trucks being a pedestrian, maybe they have a death wish?

      Mandy Casey - 2012-09-25 18:08

      If you did you might get a 12% increase.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-09-25 15:39

    This country is now becoming ungovernable. People can get what they want, just like that. Zuma has failed to be a good leader indeed. This country needs someone like Mangope in order to take charge of this country.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-25 16:09

      Well - we surely need a change! Honesty and Integrity above all else.

  • elsje.botha - 2012-09-25 16:01

    "Companies are requested to tell their people not to send any trucks into the Joburg CBD in order to avoid further violence and damage to trucks." How about - send the Police to sort the idiots who are disrupting traffic and the normal flow of business for those who DO actually earn a living and work for increases, rather than damage, demand and intimidate to get them!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-25 20:22

    Primate is a leka word hehehe nice one.

  • marti.vieira - 2012-09-25 20:26

    just witnessed the burning down of 3 trucks due to the strike, all in the same road 500m away fom each other.

  • ken.koen - 2012-09-26 09:28

    They should send the Marikana cops to all violent strikes. Shoot the bastards and put a stop to all murderous and savage behaviour once and for all. If I'm unhappy with my salary, I dont go and break the building down and attack my boss and others. But then I'm CIVILISED

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2012-09-27 09:42

    Ag, whats new!

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-04 18:53

    This is a massive cultural thing - They don’t want the individual to earn more through hard work - like the rest of us - your increase is based on what you did the past year good and bad. Individualism is not an generally accepted concept in Africa. Those who accept it perform like you will not believe, those who keep hanging on to the tribalistic mind-set... They are like crabs in a bucket at the fish market - the one that tries to climb out of the bucket are pulled back in by the rest.

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