'Tentative' KZN toll pay deal reached

2012-01-16 21:21

Durban - A "tentative agreement" to end a strike by transport workers in KwaZulu-Natal was reached on Monday, a trade union leader said.

"The meeting started with low gears, but with the intervention of a good commissioner involved in the process we are happy with the outcome," SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) KwaZulu-Natal secretary Joseph Dube said.

"We cannot discuss the details as we have to consult with the workers first. We will disclose details once our members give us the go-ahead to sign the agreement."

The talks, mediated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), were attended by Satawu representatives and employer Tolcon Lehumo.

Some of Satawu's KwaZulu-Natal members employed at toll gates went on strike on January 7 for a basic salary of R3 500 a month. They reportedly earned less than R2 500 a month.

Tolcon Lehumo spokesperson Coral-Lynn Fraser said it had been a positive day for both parties.

"The negotiations were constructive and the union has agreed to a structured approach."

Toll plazas expected to be affected by the strike included Oribi, Port Shepstone, Mariannhill, Mooi River, and the Tugela Plaza.

Fraser said 181 workers were on strike and temporary workers had been put in place.

"A court interdict was granted in favour of Tolcon Lehumo to prevent striking employees from interfering with traffic and the normal operations of the toll plazas," she said.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-01-17 07:01

    Hmm. What education levels are required to operate a till at a toll plaza? The salary request seems too high to me in light of that. Easy job for beginners, so should be a low wage. No one will ever get rich being a till operator, so step aside if the work is too much for you for the 'low' wage and let one of the millions of unemployed take your place. You are just contributing to a shrinking economy.

      Seducect - 2012-01-17 08:03

      Ok, please tell me how will you survive on R2,500 per month?

      Gavin - 2012-01-17 18:20

      If you are not happy with your pay get another job, no one is forcing you to sit in a booth and get paid.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-17 09:24

    Salaries need to be urgently reviewed in general, the gap between rich and poor being a major point of contention. Until big business is forced to be responsible and accountable for its actions and the welfare of its employees these strikes will remain a part of everyday life. People also need to start networking and discussing employers openly, this will allow employees to avoid or boycott companies who's HR practices are unacceptable and will over a very short number of years allow companies who support their staff to grow and profit while at the same time forcing companies who's regularly shortchange their employees to be sidelined and closed down because they are no longer able to employ or keep employees.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-17 18:19

    They should put more AUTO tolls in place, fire the lot of them, they take too long, have an attitude and most certainly do not know where their salary comes from. Viva Technology Viva

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