South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) made submissions opposing the Essential Services Committee’s bid to make public transport an essential service thereby barring workers in the sector from striking.
SATAWU opposed the application on the basis that it is frivolous and seeks to strip the Constitutional rights of workers to improve their working conditions.
Public transport system in South Africa comprises taxis, buses and trains. Labour relations in the taxi industry are regulated via a Sectorial Determination and government is aware of the low levels of compliance. Though the bus industry has a bargaining council and the rail sector has designated bargaining forums, public transport workers across sectors are subjected to excessively long working hours, sporadic benefits and low wages.
It is for these reasons and many more that SATAWU violently opposes this application and made submissions to that effect.
The hearing was held at the CCMA head office, Harrison Street, Johannesburg from 10.30am.
For media queries contact:
Zanele Sabela, SATAWU Media Officer
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