Batlile Phaladi
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3 May 2016
10:14 am

Traffic Gridlocks due to Freeway workers strike

Batlile Phaladi

Workers said they have not received any salary increment for four years.

File Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Motorists in Gauteng freeways are experiencing heavy traffic volumes due to the Sanral contract workers’ strike this morning.

The strike affects mostly motorists using New Road, N1 Midrand  and coming from the N3 Germiston.

On Friday, the transport union, South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) served the service provider, Teti Traffic which managed all traffic incidents on behalf of Sanral, with a strike notice for today.

The union swore the strike would not stop until Teti meet the workers’ demands.

Workers said they have not received any salary increment for four years.

Satawu’s spokesperson Zanele Sabela said though workers were aware that the strike would results in traffic gridlocks, they had no choice ad the freeways were their office.

“Traffic is hectic in Midrand and New Road, workers have started demonstrating this morning,” said Sabela.

Workers would only stop the strike if the employer agreed to meet their demands including; the establishment of a provident fund for workers and a 13th cheque wage increment to close the gap as workers have not received a pay rise since Teti was awarded the contract four years ago.

While Teti sent a statement to the media saying it was offering workers 7% increase to workers, Satawu said the offer was news to them.

The union demanded that the general workers’ salaries to be increased from R4 325 to R6 000, basic life support staff to move from R4 680 to R9 000, traffic safety officers wage to be increased from R6 000 to R7 000, traffic management centre general staff to move from R6 600 to R12 000, senior operators from R13 000 to R16 000 and technicians from R4 325 to R13 000.

But the service provider said the demands were unreasonable.