Sanral contract workers vow to block Gauteng highways
Workers are planning to go on strike next week Tuesday over salary increases.
JOHANNESBURG - South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) contract workers are planning to go on strike next week, vowing to block highways across Gauteng.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has confirmed it has served a notice with intention to strike on Tuesday over salary increases.
Sanral says it won't get involved in employment contracts involving its service providers.
Three employees from a road service have told Eyewitness News they cannot continue to work under current conditions.
The employees work for a service provider under Sanral; they monitor local highways and help motorists at accident scenes.
A man who doesn't want to be named says he earns R4,300 a month.
"It's basically from our hands to our mouths. As employees, we are angry at Sanral who is a parastatal - it's a government entity."
Another employee says striking staff will block local highways on Tuesday because they feel it's the only way they'll be heard.
"Although they don't like e-tolls or the projects that Sanral are doing, but also the employees are not happy and they're not being treated well."
They say they have not received salary increases since 2012, while the price of fuel and food continues to rise.
Sanral has told EWN this is a matter between workers and the service provider concerned.
The service provider, Teti, has not yet responded to the strike notice.
SANRAL VS OUTA
Meanwhile, Sanral has responded to the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on e-tolls.
Sanral says although the Outa has the right to defend people who've been summonsed for not paying their e-toll debts, it hopes the lobby group will accept the court's judgment if it goes against them.
Outa says it's considering a class action to fight the e-tolling system.
Sanral has sent out summonses to motorists who have not settled their debts, with bills running into millions of rand.
Outa's Wayne Duvenage says it will take months - or even years - before there will be finality over the legality of the e-tolling system.
"They've got to tell us what they're charging our members for, how they're doing this and what the actual processes are. We'll prepare our documents to file our affidavits and go to court on the matter."