Striking truck drivers set to march

2012-10-02 08:39

Johannesburg - Johannesburg metro police on Tuesday advised the public to stay away from the CBD as thousands of striking truck drivers were expected to march to nearby Braamfontein.

"The public, especially motorists, are advised to stay away from 10:00 until 14:00 as we expect more of the strikers to join the march," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

A memorandum would be handed to the transport and freight bargaining council in Braamfontein.

The marchers were gathering at Beyers Naude Square. Most of the streets along the march route, including Simmonds, De Korte, and Eendracht would be closed during the march.

Gauteng provincial traffic officials, the SA Police Service and metro police would keep an eye on the event.

"We expect more of them today and we are ready for the march," Minnaar said.

Road Freight Employers' Association executive officer, Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht said negotiations were expected to resume on Wednesday.

Truck drivers wanted a 12% salary increase while employers had offered 8.5% for next year then another 0.5% the following year.

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  • susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-02 08:47

    How much does a truck driver earn, on average?

      jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-10-02 08:48

      Not enough! Truck drivers you deserve the increase of 12% Don't Give up!

      themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-10-02 09:06

      The Struggle continues

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-02 09:44

      Aluta Continua.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-10-02 09:52

      miners earn almost R18 000 minimum requirements: be able to pick up a shovel. Truck drivers want to earn R18 000, minimum requirements: f*** up the road and drive recklessly

  • vandross.ntshegi - 2012-10-02 08:47

    Evict them and hire new truck drivers. Simple as that

      thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-10-02 12:42

      To get rid of current Drivers is not the solution the best solution is Socialism

  • heini.botes - 2012-10-02 08:49

    Why must the public stay away to doing our daily duties and chores?? Because you can't keep these barbaric thugs in line?? It's high time police and army start using force. For too long these strikes has kept South African hostage, these absolute acts of violence and barbarism cannot, must not be tolerated anymore. Yes you have a right to strike, peacefully, just as i have the right to work without being threatened! If you can't strike like a peaceful civilized human being then you must face the consequences!

      bobby.boon.18 - 2012-10-02 12:22

      29 Million People all want to be Rich Like Malema they see thier leaders getting rich quick my cant they?? Zuma can spend 206 million on his private home why cant they get a 12% increase makes sense does it not?

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-02 08:52

    Have people forgotten to be grateful for the jobs they have? It certsinly appears to be the case!

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-02 10:00

      Agree. Thats a big problem in SA, people want to get what they dont deserve. Get an education and get a better job so you can earn more, simple!

      thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-10-02 10:52

      To be gtateful is when you get something at the end of the day WITH OUT TRUCKS SOUTH AFRICA STOPS

      duncan.roderick - 2012-10-02 13:10

      without trucks South Africa stops? ever heard of rail? Give them what they want and the cost gets carried to the consumer... then they and everyone else will want more... I dont think people realise that the transport industry is not as lucrative as is believed... many big logistics companies are not that well off.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-02 09:01

    Is this what our democracy is all about - that law-abiding citizens must break their routine for a mob of anarchic strikers? Whatever the merits of the strike, their behaviour is totally unacceptable, and one hopes (perhaps wishfully) that the police will do their duty by removing arsonists, looters and other law-breakers from the streets. Of course, the long-term solution is to get the railways operating like they used to in the bad old days. This will also bring the road accident rate down.

  • lindie.nel.98 - 2012-10-02 09:01

    I think ALL of us that work must strike for a 12% increase. It looks like this is the WAY to go now and if you dont do it you are not WITH IT!!!??!!!!!! Wonder what they will do if we ALL started striking!!???!!!!

      wessel.jordaan.3 - 2012-10-02 09:40


  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-10-02 09:12

    as long as these fat cats keeps on increasing petrol prices unnecessarily more of these strikes will keep on coming. next we will demand nothing less than 20%. brace yourself.

  • trevor.izatt - 2012-10-02 09:18


      lyellvanderwalt - 2012-10-02 12:04

      And you think the unions and, by extension, the government know the meaning of the word accountability?

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-02 09:20

    permitted to disrupt others busness?

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-02 09:27

    More selfish disruptions,with a promise of violence and mayhem! Fire and hire people who want to work. There will be damages and then it will be said"its not the member but outside elements". Send all bills to union and all maechers who are unruly to jail with NO bail. They are costing the country thousands,disrupting lives of others all for their selfish gain!

  • wessel.jordaan.3 - 2012-10-02 09:36

    Everything have changed since 1994 but at same time NOTHING still look over your shoulder and you still have NO GO AREAS...people can't go into city where they work because the state can't govern and control situations...and I mean any situation, the good or the bad, they manage to even f..k up a good thing.... "a luta continua" as YABELUNGU suggest...then I say bring it on while those of us that can still defend the innocent do so now rather than watch this ROT increase and fester - Please do not twist my words in 'I don't care about the plight of people being exploited' NOTHING to do with that, I feel and know what is happening...I SEE IT EVERY DAY IN DURBAN...even the dustbins are now empty, damn it must be a desparate feeling...FREEDOM and no food or work :(((

  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-02 09:49

    Well my brothers vehicle just got stoned in Durban. Bloody animals, and lemme guess, it's not union members, so therefore the union is not responsible for costs.

  • thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2012-10-02 10:28

    South Africans let us not blame the poor and hungry Drivers let us blame the rich and greedy truck owners

      duncan.roderick - 2012-10-02 13:13

      Thabo, maybe you should do some investigation into the Logistics companies, you will realise that they are not that as you put it "greedy". Your sense of entitlement astonishes me

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-02 16:23

      Thabo, does that make it acceptable to burn, vandalise, intimidate, assault, even murder, and otherwise behave like thugs when there are perfectly legal and peaceful ways of making their point? Unfortunately, mineworkers have shown that violence works, so now it's the truck drivers. Who's next? Has Cosatu condemned in any way the violence and destruction? As usual they will blame "the bosses". If there are no bosses, Mr Vavi, there will be no work.

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-10-02 11:24

    Wessel Jordaan the changes since 1994 been for the worst.

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-10-02 12:12

    Give them guns knives pagas asagais we migh just see a repeat of marikana TOI TOI

  • tgif.wtfaw - 2012-10-02 13:16

    Drive over them with a Freeking big ass truck !!!!!!!!!

      bobby.boon.18 - 2012-10-02 14:00

      Dont get involved just leave it up to them to kill each other off no one has to lift a finger!!

  • yschneider3 - 2012-10-03 15:09

    i Dont even earn that much money and i dont strike over something stupid

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