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Teti Traffic contract workers protest as wage talks continue

Workers are demanding a salary hike but are hesitant to put a figure to it, while Teti Traffic is offering 7%.

Striking Teti Traffic workers block the N1 North Highway at New Road on Tuesday 3 May 2016. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Teti Traffic workers, affiliated to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), are protesting outside the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)'s offices in Midrand for a second consecutive morning, while salary talks resume at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Yesterday, eight protesters were arrested for public violence after a group brought peak hour traffic to a standstill on the N1 North Highway near New Road.

Workers are demanding a salary hike but are hesitant to put a figure to it, while Teti Traffic is offering seven percent.

Satawu says the union is hoping to reach an agreement today.

Spokesperson Zanele Sabela says they will continue to protest outside Sanral's offices today.

"We maintain we were peaceful throughout the day yesterday. We were quite surprised as the police were with us all day and they were cordial. It was quite surprising that at the end they decided to shoot at us. It was quite shocking and we appeal to the police to stop overreacting."

Workers handed over a memorandum yesterday and say they're battling to make ends meet on a monthly wage of just over R4,000.