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JMPD prepared for Satawu gathering

Metro police will keep an eye on striking truck drivers at Beyers Naude Square.

Truck drivers gather at Beyers Naude Square to get feedback from wage negotiations on 1 October 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said they do not expect any violence at a planned feedback meeting with striking truck drivers in the central business district on Monday morning.

The truck drivers are expected to converge on Beyers Naude Square and will be given feedback on wage negotiations currently underway.

They strike has entered it's second week.

Over 20,000 truck drivers are demanding a R12,500 increase, while employers are offering around 8.5 percent.

Last week, the strike turned violent after striking drivers allegedly burnt down trucks in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

The South African Transport Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has condemned the violence.

The JMPD's Wayne Minnaar said the unions organising the meeting have been granted permission to meet.

"No roads will be closed for the meeting as organisers have given an undertaking that the protest will be peaceful. However, police will be deployed in the Johannesburg central business district to monitor the situation from 10am to 2pm."

Meanwhile, Satawu has also announced plans to march to the National Bargaining Council on Tuesday.

The union's Vincent Masoga said violence will not be tolerated.

"We condemn all forms of violence and we'll be handing over all criminals to the police."

At the same time, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has appealed to unions to show leadership in the wake of violent and illegal strikes.

Oliphant said unions have a responsibility to guide workers.

"I want to appeal to the unions to lead their members properly."

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