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Outa ‘saddened’ by Sanral workers’ poor salary claim

The contract workers say they will go on strike over their R4,000 salary and no increase since 2012.

Picture: Sanral Facebook page

JOHANNESBURG - Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it pains the organisation to see South African Road Agency Limited (Sanral) contract workers going on strike, claiming they have not received a salary increase in four years.

Workers say they are receiving just over R4,000 a month, without medical coverage - although they are constantly on the road.

A transport union, South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, has served the service provider, Teti - with a strike notice for next week Tuesday.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says, "We are certainly going to show our sympathies for the plight and see how we can assist them."

A Sanral employee, who doesn't want to be named, says he can't even pay his child's school fees with his salary of R4,300.

"We are also appealing to motorists, on Tuesday, that if it happens that we close the freeway. It's not our intention to cause chaos and havoc, there is no other way."

The roads agency says it will not get involved in the matter, as contract workers' salaries need to be handled by the service provider.

Teti has not yet responded to calls for strike action.