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Satawu to march on Tuesday

A permit allowing members of Satawu to again take to the streets was granted on Sunday.

A permit allowing members of Satawu to again take to the streets was granted on Sunday.

JOHANNESBURG - Striking truck drivers will be marching in the Johannesburg Central Business District on Tuesday, after a permit was granted to transport unions this weekend.

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said the permit was granted on Sunday, allowing its membership to take to the streets on Tuesday to the National Bargaining Council for the road, freight and logistics industry.

This will mark the first protected march in Gauteng for truck drivers, who demanded a wage increase of 12 percent annually for the next two years.

"We are going to see the mother of all marches on Tuesday in city of Johannesburg," said Satawu's Vincent Masoga.

"All our members will be coming together."

Economist Mike Schussler meanwhile also said on Sunday that there was no quick end in sight for the truck drivers' strike, as workers were demanding increases that he said are just not feasible.

Schussler claimed that workers would normally accept an increase of nine percent, a fairly high increase.

Schussler added that this protected strike will not be over soon.

"I don't see an end in sight right now because the workers quite simply want a much bigger pay increase than the nine percent on offer, even though their leaders signed off on the nine percent."

Negotiations between transport unions and the Road Freight Employers Association are set to continue.