South African truckers plan rallies as strike kicks-off

South African truckers planned protest rallies today to support a wage strike launched over the weekend.

The South African Allied Transport Worker’s Union (SATAWU), the biggest body in the trucking industry and three other unions that in total represent more than 30,000 truckers, are demanding a 20 percent salary increase over the next two years, housing allowances and shorter working hours.

“The strike is going to continue indefinitely until the demands are met,” SATAWU first vice president June Dube noted.

Trucking industry group Road Freight Association has offered a 7.5 percent rise this year and 7.5 percent next year.

The strike has not had any major impact yet on transport, said Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht, labour relations manager with the Road Freight Association. “We will be having meeting with the unions on Tuesday,” she said.

Unions say the strike will have a devastating impact on Africa’s largest economy.

“All sectors of the South African economy and neighbouring states will be affected,” Dube added. – South Africa News


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