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protestTimesLIVE reports that a looming national strike by truck drivers on 18 July could spell further trouble for the already ailing trucking fraternity.  

In a widely circulated WhatsApp message, truck owners were warned that no trucks should operate on the day, which has been billed "Trucking Black Day".  The strike is set to coincide with the appearance of leaders of the All Truck Drivers' Foundation (ATDF) in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 18 July.  This after Positive Freight Solutions Forum (PFSF), an employers' association, obtained an urgent court interdict to prevent the looting of trucks, harming of drivers and the burning of trucks.  The interdict was granted against those believed to be responsible, including the ATDF.  The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) in the meantime slammed the government for entering into talks with the PFSF, which they labelled as an "illegitimate association".  In a statement on Monday, the union said:  "We are extremely worried that government in the form of the department of labour, home affairs and SA police service enter into talks with an illegitimate association while excluding registered trade unions and employers that are party to the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry."  Law enforcement personnel have been on high alert after a spate of attacks on trucks, particularly along the N3 highway.

  • Read the full original of the report by Orrin Singh and Dan Meyer in the above regard at TimesLIVE
  • Read Satawu’s press statement at Polity


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