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Employers relieved as truck strike ends

Thousands of truck drivers from four transport unions are expected back at work on Monday.

A burnt truck in Boksburg that was allegedly attacked by striking truck drivers who are on a wage strike on 4 October, 2012. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Employers are relieved that striking truck drivers are getting back to work next week following weeks of violence and intimidation across South Africa.

Business owners have lost an estimated R1.2 billion in revenue per week, since the strike began almost three weeks ago.

Drivers lost R271 million in wages.

On Friday, four transport unions and the Road Freight Employers' Association finally agreed on a three-year wage proposal after weeks of intense negotiations.

Workers have agreed to an increase of 10 percent for 2012, eight percent in 2013 and another nine percent for 2014.

The bargaining council for the road freight industry said its time for workers to return to work.

The council's Dave Behrens said, "We've all been very busy tied up with things over the last couple of weeks, so I think we all know what we have to do going forward. We need to get our employees back in the seats of the vehicles that they drive and get the wheels of South Africa back in motion as soon as possible."

Striking workers are also accused of torching trucks and intimidating non-striking truck drivers.

Vehicles were damaged in Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng's East Rand.

At least one Cape Town man died when he was struck by a brick allegedly thrown by protesting workers.

The 41-year-old man will be laid to rest on Saturday.