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Truckers to protest against employment of foreign nationals until demands met

The All Truck Drivers Foundation claims that foreigners are being given preference because they are willing to be paid less and employers overlook their lack of proper paperwork to work legally in the country.

Picture: Pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN - A group representing truck drivers said that protests against the employment of foreigners would continue until their demands were met.

Two trucks were set alight on Wednesday and another on Thursday morning.

The All Truck Drivers Foundation claims that foreigners are being given preference because they are willing to be paid less and employers overlook their lack of proper paperwork to work legally in the country.

CEO of the Road Freight Association Gavin Kelly said that these kind of grievances were not new.

"The bargaining council, we have the powers through the Department of Labour to investigate, to go to employers and investigate, see who they're employing and do an audit."

Kelly added that if this was indeed the case, then guilty companies must be prosecuted.

"Get the police to do what they need to do, you do not need to burn trucks down, you do not need to harm drivers. We have actually said 'If you've got these concerns, we'll assist to address those concerns.'"

Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said that violence was not the answer.

"What we need is for the feedback to be expedited so that we can know exactly what is happening and what it is that we need to do to deal with the problem."

He wants protesting truckers to talk to companies.

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