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Satawu will not rest and strike continues

The two week strike by the transport union has thus far been marred by violence.

Striking truck drivers march in the Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Taurai Maduna

JOHANNESBURG - South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) warned on Sunday, its industrial action in the road freight sector was set to spread to rail and port workers in the following week.

Satawu's Vincent Masoga said the union had applied to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for permission to expand the strike.

The workers are demanding a 12 percent increase, while their employers are not budging on an eight percent offer.

The two week strike has thus far been marred by violence with non-striking drivers being intimidated, their vehicles torched and stoned.

The Road Freight Employers Association has sought an interdict against the violence, which compels Satawu to condemn the unrest.

"Tomorrow we are continuing to gather and picketing at our normal gathering spot," said the union's Vincent Masoga.

"However we are ensuring that we are mobilisng our members, and putting in a notice for a secondary strike."