Truck protests to continue: Sector wants to limit jobs for foreigners

Truck protests to continue: Sector wants to limit jobs for foreigners

- Truck drivers have vowed to continue protesting against the mass employment of foreign nationals

- After announcing the strike last week, operators insist that they will continue on Monday

- The sector is calling on the government to ensure that locals are hired instead of their foreign counterparts

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Unrest in the trucking industry is set to continue on Monday with the sector vowing that it will not stop until the government comes to the table.

The protests had sparked last week with truck drivers demanding that foreign nationals should not be favoured about South Africans for employment opportunities.

It seems as if talks between Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and industry leaders have done little to calm the situation.

Unemployment rates in the country are at an all-time high and drivers insist that employers should be barred from hiring often cheaper foreign immigrants.


Minister Thulas Nxesi
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READ ALSO: Truck protest: Calls for Nxesi to resign - Minister defends foreigners reported that Nxesi had indicated that talks between the government and the sector had gone well, but evidently this is not the case.

Previously, Nxesi had announced that a quota system is in the pipeline to ensure South Africans get first dibs for jobs:

"This is not a new thing. It happens all over the world. It is part of labour market employment policies. We think that employment policy will go a long way in addressing the number of challenges we have in the labour market."

Nxesi elaborated that certain industries were infamous for choosing to hire foreign nationals, in some cases, this has to do with skill, while sometimes it is simply exploiting cheap labour.

"You can't sit with millions of unemployed South Africans and in certain industries you just allow non-South Africans to be employed without any regulation," the minister said in a virtual meeting of parliament's two labour committees.

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