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Cosatu stands firmly behind truckers

Cosatu has vowed to intensify the truck drivers strike if wages are not increased.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Tuesday it would intensify the truck drivers strike if a wage increase agreement is not reached.

Its warning comes as striking employees prepare to meet with the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry.

Cosatu's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi addressed hundreds of truck drivers during their demonstration in Johannesburg's city centre on Tuesday.

Vavi called on all of Cosatu's affiliates to join the strike.

More than 22,000 truck drivers have been on strike for more than a week, demanding a salary increase of 12 percent.

Vavi told workers the trade union federation was not willing to settle for less than a double digit offer.

"Our demand is for a full 12 percent increase. We will not step one inch backwards. We are moving forward in solidarity with you."

SATAWU BASHES ATTEMPTS TO END TRUCKERS STRIKE

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has slammed a decision by the Road Freight Employers' Association to seek an interdict from the Johannesburg Labour Court to try an end the truck drivers strike.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said the association's decision to approach the court shows they were trying to weaken wage talks.

"They are hoping that when we are busy with the talks, the court will then denounce the strike, making us lose all our power in negotiations.

"Clearly they are not interested in resolving the strike. They want to resolve it with some kind of capitalism punishment."