South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) salutes its members in the passenger bus sector for the strength of character displayed during the strike.
The nationwide bus strike is SATAWU’s longest in recent memory and the union acknowledges the pressure members were under given the no work, no pay rule. Regardless of this, members stood their ground and did not flinch even as the weeks went by. They initially demanded a 12% across the board (ATB) wage increase but finally settled on 9% ATB for the first year backdated to 1 April 2018 and 8% ATB for the second year.
Members displayed the highest level of discipline in that there were no incidents of violence reported during the four-week long strike.
SATAWU would also like to thank the other unions in the bargaining council – NUMSA, TAWUSA, TOWU and TASWU – for their single-minded focus on improving working conditions in this industry. The unity formed during the strike should be carried forward as it was the source of the strength and impact of the strike.
Above all SATAWU would like to thank the bus commuters for their support even as they suffered financial losses brought on by using alternative means of transport. Your support has been a source of strength for us. We once again apologise for the inconvenience.
For enquiries contact:
SATAWU National Passenger Sector Coordinator
011 403 2077
SATAWU Media Officer
011 403 2077