Trucking bosses approach court amid violent strike

The RFEA has approached the Labour Court in an attempt to stop violence in the truck drivers strike.

Truck drivers gather in central Johannesburg on 26 September 2012, as they demand better wages. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA) approached the Johannesburg Labour Court on Friday, with an urgent application to stop the violence in the truck drivers strike.

The application is being made as employers and unions aim to reach a solution that will end the strike over wages, which is now in its fifth day.

The strike has seen working Gauteng truck drivers attacked, trucks set alight and vehicles stoned over the past few days.

Striking workings want a 12 percent pay hike, while employers are offering eight percent.

RFEA spokesperson Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht said wage negations were underway, but said the association submitted an urgent application to request leave for violence experienced in the Johannesburg CBD and the East Rand.

Meanwhile, over 40 truck drivers are due to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court today, facing charges of public violence.

The group was arrested yesterday, for throwing objects at motorists on the N12 highway next to Whitfield.

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) maintains its members are not behind the vandalism and violence seen over the past three days.

Police spokesperson Major-General Phumzo Gela says it is not clear if the accused are Satawu members.