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Here are the ATDF-ASA Demands Leading to National Shutdown

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The All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF-ASA) has embarked on a nationwide shutdown demanding that the government speed up the resolutions to their demands.

ATDF-ASA Secretary-General, Sfiso Nyathi said that the government’s task team to address their grievances was taking to long to finalise everything.

“We appreciate efforts by the ministerial task teams responsible for attending to our demands but the process has taken too long. Since 2018 we have been asking for the same things but we don’t have anything tangible at the moment,” Nyathi said.

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ATDF-ASA Key Demands

  • The movement demands that government remove all foreign national truck drivers from the road freight industry with immediate effect.
  • It also wants a salary increase of 15% for all local truck drivers.
  • Drivers without valid work permits to be removed from trucks.
  • NBCRFLI to not register any foreign drivers
  • ZEP grace period to be cancelled
  • All trucks registered in South Africa to be driven by South Africans only.

ATDF-ASA members are expected to march to National Bargaining Council for Road Freight Industries offices around the country.

“There will be no trucks on the road on Monday as we will be marching to the bargaining councils in different areas. Members have been briefed by their regional leaders about the programme, and they are on board,” Nyathi said on Friday.

On Sunday, several roads were blocked by the protesting truck drivers in preparation for the nationwide shutdown on Monday.

Read also: ATDF-ASA Calls For Strike Over Employment of Foreign Nationals

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The N3 at Vosloorus, N11 at Ermelo, N2 at Piet Retief, R31 at Kimberley are amongst places where trucks blocked and not allowed to go through.

Social media reports earlier on Monday suggested the same places were still affected.

Two trucks were used to blocked the busy intersection at Cnr Bosmorth and Portgieter Roads in Alrode.

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