PRETORIA – Traffic incidents management company Teti Traffic Pty Ltd and the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) will start conciliation talks on Wednesday, following the declaration of a strike after they deadlocked over the union’s demand of up to 130 percent salary increases.
The conciliation follows Satawu’s declaration that it would embark on a strike from Tuesday, according to a statement issued by Teti Traffic.
The company manages traffic incidents on behalf of the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).
In terms of an agreement reached at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday, the union would be responsible for discipline and order during the strike. Satawu members were only allowed to gather at the central operation centre in Midrand.
“The parties agree that the strike and or picket due to commence on Tuesday May 3, 2016 will take place at the circle at the intersection of Rietspruit Road and Waterberg Road (The Rietspruit Circle) until such time as picketing rules are concluded,” the agreement stated.
“The parties will engage with each other in terms of section 150 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) on May 4, 2016.”
Section 150 calls, among other things, for the appointment of a commissioner to resolve the dispute in the public interest through conciliation.
Teti Traffic had requested Satawu members to refrain from intimidating non-strikers and damaging property.
“We would like to urge the union to act responsibly and respect the rights of fellow employees, suppliers, and customers and not damage property,” Teti Traffic project manager Karen Venter said in the statement.
Venter apologised to motorists for any potential inconvenience. “We urge motorists to be vigilant. While we have contingency plans in place, there could be delays due to a lack of traffic management procedures. We apologise for that.”
Venter said that after wage negotiations began in October last year Satawu had refused to budge on their demands.
“Teti is offering a seven percent salary increase but Satawu is demanding over 130 percent increase,” she said.
Satawu wanted general workers’ salaries to be increased from R4325 to R6000, basic life support staff from R4680 to R9000, traffic safety officers from R6000 to R7000, traffic management centre general staff from R6600 to R12,000, senior operators from R13, 000 to R16,000, and field device technician assistants from R8000 to R13,000.
“Teti Traffic believes that Satawu’s demands are unreasonable. We cannot afford these demands,” Venter said.
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