Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Gauteng has called on government to launch a commission of inquiry into the current strike by truck drivers in the country.
The labour federation's provincial chairperson, Phutas Tseki, says the strike warrants as much attention as the recent Marikana tragedy. He says there should be a review of many things in the employment system of the country.
Tseki says Cosatu is of the view that the commission of inquiry into the Marikana massacre, which commenced today, is short of terms of reference. Tseki says the termsof reference in question relates to a look into the country’s labour laws, the conditions of service, “even our workplaces and also how much we are earning as workers.”
Earlier on, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said no agreement has been reached between the union and the employer. Satawu's general secretary in Gauteng Chris Nkosi told striking truck drivers, gathered in the Johannesburg CBD, that the strike will be intensified tomorrow.
Nkosi was giving a report back on last night's meeting with the employer. The union is adamant that its members want a 12% salary increase. Nkosi added that the employer's 9% wage offer is an insult. He called on union members to come out in their numbers for tomorrow's march.