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Sanral workers disrupt N1 traffic in strike over 130% salary hike

South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) contract workers have disrupted Johannesburg traffic during a strike over pay disputes.

Workers employed by Sanral service provider, Teti Traffic, have demanded a salary increase of 130%, in addition to a medical aid, provident fund and 13th cheque.

Sanral workers affiliated with the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) say that they have not received a pay increase since Teti's contract was awarded in 2012.

Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela denied that the workers deliberately blocked the N1 highway, explaining that they were protesting in their 'office' premises.

Sabela says that workers have forfeited increases for four years and suffered from inflation costs.

Teti has applied for an urgent court interdict to deem the strike action unlawful.

The service provider is set to meet with the striking workers and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to negotiate on Wednesday.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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