South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) has accepted the latest offer by bus employers effectively bringing the national strike to an end.
SATAWU sent its acceptance of the one-year agreement to the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) on Friday morning. The majority union in the bus sector, TAWUSA and TAWU effectively ended the national strike by accepting the offer. The agreement is effective as of 1 April 2017.
Terms of the agreement include the following:
A 9% across-the-board wage increase backdated to 1 April 2017
Overtime rate of 1.5 times the normal hourly rate
Allowances increased by 10% include Travel, Subsistence, Night Shift and Cross Border
R400 per month Dual Driver Allowance
Outstanding Constitutional issues such dispute resolution and agency fee will be sent to the Central Committee of the Bargaining Council for consideration.
It is important to note that any other agreements signed on the shop floor (e.g. Autopax) are superseded by this agreement.
SATAWU would once again like to apologise to the thousands of commuters for the inconvenience caused during this strike.
Zanele Sabela, SATAWU Media Officer
011 403 2077/ email@example.com
As l have empathy with the drivers/workers , l would like to bring a very important fact to your attention as well. What happens to all the monies that the commuters have already paid for their weekly /monthly bus tickets. They NEVER get any compensation for these monies…….why do you not also take these commuters financial status into account when going on strike. The bus drivers/workers do not lose any monies when striking. My heart goes out to the thousands of bus users that are losing their monies aready paid and this is not the only time but every other time the the bus drivers have gone on strike… PLEASE can there not be any arrangements made for them to use these days at a later stage……they are really being treated unfairly and losing so much money, not only by their tickets but a lot of workers just cannot afford to pay the extra costs to use the taxi services and hence stay at home resulting in losing wages for the days absent from work.
Thanks for the new refurbished means of communication with employees, my comment entails a slow and delayed communication regarding press briefing on Prasa Of age Negotiation for 2018; Outstanding Substantive Issues for year 2016/17; implementation of the 19 Points Issues and finalization of Implementation of Dangerous Allowance for all Prasa employees.