Truck drivers march in Cape Town

2012-10-04 13:21

Cape Town - Truck drivers marched in Parow, Cape Town, on Thursday morning to hand over a memorandum to the road freight bargaining council, a union official said.

SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) spokesperson Vincent Masoga said the march started at the Parow train station and ended on Voortrekker Road.

Regional bargaining council manager Harold Booysen said he had accepted the memorandum and would submit it to all employers.

According to provincial Satawu secretary Thandubuntu Roto, around 300 people took part in the march and no violence occurred.

Masoga estimated the number of marchers was closer to 1 000.

Before the march, union members were told violence was not needed. They were asked not to carry any tribal weapons such as pangas, or to throw stones.

In several parts of the country trucks have been pelted with stones and set alight.

Parties were expected to re-convene for negotiations at 13:00, to bring an end to the two-week strike.

Drivers asked for a 12% salary increase while employers offered 8.5% for next year, and another 0.5% the following year.

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  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-10-04 13:38

    They set trucks that cost a fortune alight and they expect an increase!?!? What idiots!!

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-04 14:05

      Violence = Jail Damage to Property = Jail

      freedom.nation.5 - 2012-10-04 15:11

      I so agree with u.. sometimes u can take the people out of the bush but u cant take the bush out of people. if i was the owner of the transport busy, i will close my doors and they will have no jobs!!!!!!

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-04 15:17

      Not only is the cost of replacing the trucks costly, in most cases they were carrying expensive goods. I already hear the Union shouting that their members were not responsible. I say to this BS, your members are responsible.

  • ahemsurferosa - 2012-10-04 13:46

    tribal weapons such as pangas!?!? PANGAS?!?! tribal?!?! eish...

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-04 14:14

      And asked not to throw stones. Juveniles.

  • - 2012-10-04 13:47

    When will any of these unions notice that they are busy to destroy their own bread and butter, and at the same time the rest of the country

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-10-04 13:48

    The strike is over n why still burning trucks? The settlement has been reached!

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-10-04 13:48

    The strike is over n why still burning trucks? The settlement has been reached!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-04 13:51

    Why do they set trucks alight? It makes NO SENSE. These people want to live the western style life....but they act like wild animals. Start behaving like human beings, and more respect will be afforded you. The present way in which they go about striking...will anger the company, and make them dig their heels in. BE CIVIL FOR GOODNESS SAKE.

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-04 14:03

    Only one thing for it, sack all drivers, offer a deal whereby they become the owner of the truck and are guaranteed a delivery route. No more unions, no more reckless driving, no maintenance costs for the companies and if the driver fails to cover the route, he has broken the contract, in which case, drop him and find another contractor. simple.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-04 14:16

      As Coca-Cola does. Great suggestion.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-04 14:47

      This can only work for steady deliveries like Coke and SABM.(local Transport deliveries) It is much more complicated than that. Their are transporters that should look better after their drivers, but than they cut on salaries because some drivers are not looking after their trucks 's running cost. Maybe training will help, but than the cost will increase and the clients are not willing to pay more and you and me in the street neither(not that we can afford to) It is already a cut-throat industry and it just started to improve, but with the strike and the possibility of higher running cost it will slip back into the old ways and in the next few months to 2 years quite a few companies will go down again and people will be without jobs. This happens regularly as if it is a spiral, but this time it has all the markings of becoming a major permanent blow. Hope all can be satisfied, but I am afraid the industry cant afford it.

  • natasha.dewet.5 - 2012-10-04 14:05

    Why don't they lock up the strikers and issue the union/s with fines or something. Something needs to change. If the Unions cannot control these strikes then they should be fined for all damages caused during the strikes.

  • rink.hals.1 - 2012-10-04 14:06

    I get a 0.2% increase every year, I don't go start stoning, burning and assaulting other people. Grow up, there are plenty of other people that are just as able to drive a truck that will appreciate having your job.

  • dries.vanaswegen.5 - 2012-10-04 14:18

    That old prophet predicted this almost 100 years ago. He saw black mine workers walking out with their shovels (strike), cars standing on the roads without fuel and he sees the whole country go up in flames (fires = internal conflict/war). After this event some order will be restored but then a final revolution will rise - something terrible. And he's advice: "Fight, even if it is with your backs against the wall. But fight!!"

      Mike Peach - 2012-10-04 17:00

      I like that dries,never give up.

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-10-04 14:33

    This is why companies and small businesses are employing white people who want to work and are happy with what they have.The problem is the majority of the population employed all have garnishing orders against their salaries, 'cause it was too easy to get credit five years ago.

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-04 14:50

    Striking drivers set truck alight. Give them their own medicine. Burn them all at the stake.

  • stefan.coetzee.750 - 2012-10-04 15:07

    I have my own Transport Company. 6 trucks. Let me put it in perspective for you because everyone thinks Transporters make millions. Truck average turnover in a month. R 160 000 to R 180 000 per month. Less all expenses. Truck payment at bank R 36 000.00 per month over 36 months Trailer payment per moth R 10 000.00 per month over 36 months Driver pay between R 15 000.00 and R 18 000.00. Yes not as bad as you thought. Insurance and Goods in Transit Insurance R 8 500.00 per month. Services R 8000.00 to R 12 000.00 per month with agents. Diesel per month R 75 000.00 to R 85 000.00 per month. Do the math and see what is left. Now you still have to accrue for tyres and unexpected breakdowns and traffic violations that the driver causes or excess from Insurance if driver has an accident. Now these hooligan’s strike and set truck alight, so I have to park my trucks till the strike is over. Imagine all the loss of revenue. How do I make up my loss. My transport rates must go up and guess who pays. Everybody because if my cost goes up food clothes diesel petrol everything else goes up. Why burn down the truck of other transporters trying to make a living. Bunch of animals.

      Jaap - 2012-10-04 15:39

      Stefan, few people know the facts and the majority does not care because they did not work for what they have today in the form of high profile jobs and partnership in business due BEE and AA. Due to this and the demand culture I have little hope that this "tolerated" criminal behaviour will ever end. I am sorry for your damages and trauma that you must endure.

      vincent.mafooa - 2012-10-04 15:44

      Gees this is hectic... didn't even realise that truck drivers get paid between R15 000 - R18 0000, all along i thought those guys were getting around R5000 - R8000. Just did the maths for a single truck your profit will be around R10500 and for six trucks it will be R63 000. damn for six trucks that is little. I really condem the burning of trucks I mean the owner will have to now pay for a truck that is not even there and lose on earnings that could have been made by that truck. I hope your trucks are safe man.

  • vincent.mafooa - 2012-10-04 15:20

    South Africa and it's sick violent people, where is this f@#%d up coutry heading to? Has violence become a new way of resolving wage disputes. The government really needs to do something about such violent strikes, they need to set an examlpe by arresting a handfull of these bastards and charge them for stirring up violence, damage to property, posing threat to other non striking inoccent citizens and have them given a full 10 to 15 year sentence. This is just sickening.

  • celtis.africana - 2012-10-04 16:03

    dear News24, did you delete some comments and if so, why?

  • craig.daniels.90813 - 2012-10-04 16:51

    If all of us act like this we will have No Country left...We are starting to look like the rest of the African ruled countries.....

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-04 16:59

    Vincent guess what a guy that collects refuse gets paid ao guess what housing subsidy they get.Guess what a governmental library manager get paid.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-10-04 19:02

    Strike boys strike and strike if you can to hell with these greedy capitalists.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-10-04 19:05

    Vincent your surname is very foreign .. why don't you go an make those infantile comments in your country...

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