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SA truckers to go on strike

SA truckers will begin strike action if wage negotiations don’t have a positive outcome.

Hundreds of truckers across South Africa are said to strike. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of truck drivers across the country are expected to embark on indefinite strike action on Monday morning.

Wage talks between trade unions including South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) and employers have deadlocked.

Unions are demanding a nine percent salary increase.

The Road Freight Employers Association said it has proposed an alternative offer to the unions, and expect a response between Monday and Tuesday this week.

SATAWU General Secretary Zenzo Mahlangu has warned that the strike will stop the delivery of fuel, food, coal and other goods.

"My understanding is that the truckers mainly disperse on a Sunday, or Monday. We expect that they will strike in numbers, but that effect will be seen on Tuesday when it gradually gains momentum."

He said the average person will feel the effects of the strike if it continues into Wednesday.

"That is when they will see the difference because there will be a shortage in fuel and food."

At the same time, the Road Freight Employers Association's Margretia Brown-Engelbrecht said they have contingency plans in place.

"From where we stand, we accept that all of our members are prepared for action, and we will be prepared in terms of any strike action that may continue."

Meanwhile, Economist Mike Schussler said the fuel sector will bear the brunt of this strike.

"I don't expect that to be a problem in the first two or three days, it will only become a problem later. Sometimes the government allows soldiers or police to escort fuel tankers, if need be."