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strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that motorist using the following tollgates on Monday, namely N1 South Grasmere Plaza to Free State, N4 Magalies towards Rustenburg and N2 from Mthunzini to Othangathi, might not need to pay the tollgate fare.  

Members of the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) employed by Intertoll Africa, a subsidiary of Group 5, have embarked on a national strike.  Satawu issued a 48-hour notice of strike to the employer on Friday.  Satawu said this was “a last resort to protracted and difficult wage negotiations that started late last year” and that the company had failed to implement a negotiated wage deal that was agreed to last year.  Satawu members at the three tollgates were demanding a minimum wage of R7,000 a month for toll collectors, administrators and cleaners.  Intertoll Africa was reportedly offering only R3,970.  Supervisors were demanding a minimum of R11,000 against the employer’s R7,066.  In statement, Satawu claimed the majority of workers were currently paid R2,900, whereas “six executives took home a staggering R18 million each, including guaranteed bonuses of a R3 million a head” in the past financial year.  “At the root of workers’ disgruntlement is the disproportionate distribution of the company’s takings,” the union said.

  • Read this report by Gosebo Mathope in full at The Citizen

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