Cosatu backs strike

Labour federation Cosatu will “mobilise solidarity support” –

including marches and pickets – with the striking road freight sector should

their wage demands go unmet, it said on today.

“Cosatu demands that the employers bring an improved offer to the

table as quickly as possible so that a settlement can be negotiated.

But should

no acceptable offer materialise, the federation will mobilise solidarity support

for the striking workers,” said Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven in a

statement.

Craven said this support included marches, pickets and protests.

A

solidarity strike, however, would be the last resort.

“We hope that it won’t come to that [solidarity strike], it will be

the last option,” he said.

Cosatu expressed its support for its affiliate in the sector, the

SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu).

The road freight strike entered its third day on Wednesday.

Craven called upon workers to “conduct their struggle in a

peaceful, lawful and disciplined manner”.

The four unions involved in the strike – the Transport and Allied

Workers Union of SA, the Professional Transport Workers Union, Satawu, and the

Motor Transport Workers Union – are demanding a 20% increase allocated over a

two-year period, for example 10% in 2011 and 10% in 2012.

The Road Freight Employers Association was offering an increase of

7.5% across the board for 2011 and a further 7.5% increase for 2012.

Talks between the union and the employers were continuing

today.

Meanwhile, transport workers were gathering in Johannesburg for a

protest march to highlight their issues.


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