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Employers, CCMA discuss truck strike

The Road Freight Employers' Association met with the CCMA in a bid to save wage talks.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA) met with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in a bid to save wage talks to end the truck drivers' strike.

On Tuesday, the RFEA walked out of negotiations with the South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu).

RFEA spokesperson Phenwell Lunga said, "Subsequent to that, we would like to issue a statement in terms of what is happening with the talks.

"However, we were informed by the CCMA that they will be meeting with the parties separately in an attempt to get them back to the negotiating table."

The RFEA accused Satawu of shifting the goalposts and negotiating in bad faith.

But Satawu said the RFEA's behaviour is appalling.

The association said the union also met with the CCMA earlier on Wednesday, but Satawu would not confirm this.

Scores of trucks have been torched in both Gauteng and Cape Town since the start of the strike over two weeks ago.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said workers are more motivated than ever.

"Today, we had the most massive gathering at the Beyers Naude Square in central Johannesburg where our members received a brief and feedback on the behaviour and conduct of the employer.

"Our members are resolute and highly adamant."

Truck drivers refuse to return to work until they get a 12 percent wage increase.