Truck drivers return to work

Satawu says most of its members are expected back at work on Monday.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) on Sunday said most, if not all, of its members were expected back at work on Monday, following a three-week long strike by truck drivers across the country.

The strike over wages ended on Friday, when Satawu, the Motor Transport Workers' Union (MTWU), the Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union (PTAWU) and the Transport and Allied Workers' Union of South Africa (TAWUSA) signed an agreement with the Road Freight Employer's Association (RFEA).

The agreement will see employees receive a 27 percent salary increase, which will be implemented over the next three years.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said some of their workers had already returned to work on Friday, and that things should run smoothly this week.

Satawu members were satisfied with the offer made by employers.

Meanwhile, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said although the recently signed agreement was favourable to labour, it was worried about its feasibility over the prescribed three-year period.

Sacci CEO Neren Rau said the chamber was worried that future inflation could mean trouble for businesses.

The strike by truck drivers, which was laced with violence, caused a delay in the deliveries of goods and fuel around the country.