Durban – The two major players in the campaign for non-South African truck drivers to leave their jobs, All Truck Drivers Foundation ATDF) and the National Truck Drivers Association (NTDF) have distanced themselves from the planned strike on the 1st and 2nd of September 2019.
The two organisations met with employer organisations on Saturday afternoon and released a joint statement below.
Following reports that have been received regarding widespread national strike action in the Road Freight and other industries possible threats of violence we hereby issue the following media statement. This statement was agreed to by all parties following an urgent meeting with the Technical Road Freight Industry Task Team held at the office of South African Police Service at 282 stalwart Simelanie Street, Durban.
This meeting was chaired by the office of the premier and attended by representatives of the Dept of Labour, the Road Freight Bargaining Council, the National Truck Drivers Association (NTDF), All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF), Positive Freight solutions (PFS) and Harbour Carriers as well as the South African Police Service and the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).
All parties have agreed that the following in terms of the way forward:
- The employee organisations ie ATDF and NTDF distanced themselves and do not support the threats circulating to encourage a national shutdown and strike action on the 1st and 2nd of September 2019.
- The NTDF and ATDF agreed that any individual found perpetrating any unlawful activity will be immediately arrested and prosecuted for their crime with a zero-tolerance approach. This follows the statements made by the Honourable Minister of Police when he stated that such conduct destabilises the country and amounts to Economic Sabotage.
- Operations will, therefore, continue as “business as usual” on the 1st and 2nd of September 2019.
- In respect of compliance, employer organisations ie PSF and Harbour Carriers agreed that its members will terminate all illegal foreign nationals contracts in accordance with the prevailing labour laws.
- The Road Freight Association (RFA) although not in attendance also support the above.
- All parties are committed to resolving the issues and working together with the concept of “Proudly South African” in mind.
- The next task team meeting is scheduled to take place on the 6th of September 2019.