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Delivery drivers on strike

About 50 employees of a Volkswagen SA logistics service provider have declared a strike over staff benefits and alleged nepotism.

The CAT-WWL Logistics employees, who claim to be part of a staff complement of 120, staged a peaceful protest outside the company’s vehicle storage premises in Uitenhage yesterday.

The industrial action, which started on Tuesday, has not affected the carmaker’s operations.

CAT-WWL Logistics was first awarded a three-year contract to manage the distribution of about 150 000 of VWSA’s vehicles in 2007 in a deal that, at the time, was considered to be one of the biggest factory-to-dealer logistics contracts granted in the country.

The group of uniformed strikers protested outside the company’s premises yesterday, while police were seen monitoring the situation from behind the closed gates.

According to the strikers, the company had locked out workers involved in the dispute since yesterday.

Employees, who operate as drivers, said that, through their union, the National Union of Metal Workers of SA (Numsa), they had received permission from the labour courts to strike.

-heraldlive

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