South African truck drivers are mobilising for a march to the National Bargaining Council of the Road Freight and Logistics Industries (NBCRFLI) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
According South Africa National Cargo Transport Drivers Association (SANCATDRA) president Daniel Mofokeng, the organisation has been given the green light to march on the 15th of December 2020 to NBCRFLI head office in Braamfontein.
While it’s been called #TruckDriversLivesMatter it has discriminatory traits as ONLY South African citizens are invited.
SA Trucker spoke to SANCATDRA president Daniel Mofokeng asking him why immigrant truck drivers were not invited.
“The march is strictly for South African drivers,” said Mofokeng quoting the Employment Services Act 14 of 2014. When it was put to him that the mentioned legislation allowed for the employment of immigrants who are permanent residents in the country Mofokeng stopped responding to SA Trucker messages.
In the march, however, SANCATDRA sets out five demands to the NBCRFLI namely,
- The Bargaining Council should be neutral and impartial.
- Clause 35 should be scrapped from the Main Collective Agreement.
- Employment of foreigners is transferring poverty in our Industry.
- Labour Brokers should be abolished in the Road Freight Industry.
- Corrupt Designated Agents must be investigated and be apprehended.
Mofokeng said that the Bargaining Council has become biased and impartial in favour of employers while employees matters are not attended to.
He went on to say that the incentive clause must be struck off the Main Collective Agreement saying it contravenes the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
“The incentives cause more accidents due to driver fatigue and non-patience, drivers are always in a hurry due to pressure from their respective companies, causing them to disregard Road Traffic Rules, many times with serious consequences,” he added.
SANCATDRA is also demanding that Labour Brokers be abolished.
Mofokeng said, “They simply promote exploitation in the Industry. Employees never become permanent nowadays because of Labour Brokers, they place and unplace as and when they deem fit to do so. We want proper and permanent employment.”
In the final demand, SANCATDRA demands that some Designated Agents be investigated for allegations of corruption and be apprehended should the evidence satisfy the investigations.
He mentioned two agents in Gauteng and one each in Freestate, North West and Limpopo provinces.
“Company inspections should be transparent and include the employees,
“We would also want to see allegations of corruption against the secretary of council be investigated,” added Mofokeng.
ATDF secretary general Sfiso Nyathi confirmed the march and said his organisation would release a statement soon.
The details of the march are as follows:
Date: 15 December 2020
Venue: Bargaining Council (NBCRFLI) – 29 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg