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Truckers to negotiate new offer

The RFEA says unions will have to table a new wage offer on the table after rejecting their offer.

Truck drivers demonstrate in Beyers Naude Square, demanding better salaries. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA) on Monday said unions should table a new offer to end the truck drivers strike.

Workers are demanding a 12 percent increase per year for the next two years, while employers are offering eight percent over the next two years.

The RFEA said unions accepted a 10 percent increase offer on Thursday, but their members later rejected it.

The association's chairperson Penwell Lunga said, "The trade unions will now need to give us detailed reasons as to why their members rejected the second wage offer.

"The first move would have to come from their side. We'll respond accordingly to what the trade unions put on the table."

Meanwhile, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said it should know by Friday if it will be able to extend its strike to the ports and railway sectors.

There have been several incidents of violence against working truck drivers and their vehicles, with the strike now in its third week.