The South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) is in the process of concluding an MOA with the Unemployment Insurance Fund that will allow it to facilitate payment of UIF to employees in the bus sector during lockdown period.
According to General Secretary of Sarpbac Gary Wilson, bus companies will submit claims to the council on behalf of employees. Sarpbac will then collate and consolidate the claims for submission to UIF. The unemployment fund will, in turn, pay the cumulative amount to Sarpbac for disbursement to various bus companies, making the process less cumbersome. Sarpbac will also be responsible for tidying up any loose ends including returning any unclaimed amounts to the fund.
Sarpbac has also requested the Department of Labour to extend the process to non-parties.
Should UIF approve the application it will become a Gazette. Sarpbac hopes this will be in the next day or two after which it will send communication to companies in the industry to prepare their claims for submissions to UIF before 15 April.
For more information contact Gary Wilson (Sarpbac General Secretary) on 083 235 8215.
Solomon Mahlangu (SATAWU National Coordinator for Passenger Bus) on 083 623 5626