The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has rejected claims that they are demanding a 130 percent salary increase for their workers.
This morning, the workers, whose services normally lead to the decongestion of roads, blocked the New Road off-ramp in Midrand and parked their vehicles in some lanes on the N1 heading towards Pretoria, Midrand Reporter reported.
The workers are outsourced to South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) by Teti Traffic to clear accidents off the roads of Gauteng.
Satawu’s spokesperson, Zanele Sabela, said the strike was necessary as the workers had not received a pay increase in the past four years.
“Our list of demands include medical aid, a provident fund and a 13th cheque,” said Sabela.
In a media statement, Teti said it was offering workers a 7% increase.
“The employer has offered us zero percent,” Sabela said. “We have heard through the media that they want to offer workers seven percent.”
She added that seven percent was not enough to adequately compensate for lost increments and bonuses.
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.
“The roads have been cleared and the protesters are now on Samrand Road on their way back to Sanral offices in Midrand,” said Wayne Minnaar, spokesperson for Metro police.
He said they had deployed two tow trucks to move the vehicles that were blocking the N1, however, the owners of the vehicles saw them coming and moved them, which resulted in traffic moving again.
Additional reporting by Batlile Phaladi
– Caxton News Service