For Immediate Release
25th August 2022
BARGAINING COUNCIL GRANTS SATAWU A CERTIFICATE OF DISPUTE
The South African Transport and Allied Workers (SATAWU) has today the 25th of August 2022, met with Transnet management today at the Transnet Bargaining Counsel for salary negotiations, where a commissioner was also present as a mediator. The negotiations have been ongoing for some time now, due to the employer not meeting our demands, the negotiations were postponed in the past for months now.
During the negotiations, SATAWU mentioned a few challenges that our members and workers are facing in this country such as the high cost of living, medical aid expense, housing allowance and fuel hikes. The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union had the following consolidated demands:
Regrettably the employer could not meet our demands, as the union we felt insulted by the employer, we were then forced to ask the commissioner to issue a certificate of dispute for us and our members to be able to conduct a legal and protected strike. SATAWU wants to emphasise that going on strike is not our priority however at this stage the employer is forcing us to go through that route. We however wish to clarify that while the certificate has been issued by the commissioner, there is still 30-day period of negotiation continuity, and as SATAWU our door is still open to sit down with the employer with a better and a meaningful offer.
We wish to once again assure our members that we will continue to fight for them until the employer does the right thing by its employees. Our members will not be exploited and abused in any form under our watch.
Issued by SATAWU
General Secretary Cde Jack Mazibuko: 082 660 4793
Deputy General Secretary Cde Anele Kiet: 071 021 1903
Head of Communications Amanda Tshemese: 062 945 7217