South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) is delighted to announce it signed an agreement with Intertoll Africa 0n 28 March to end the nine-day strike at toll gates across the country.
SATAWU members working at toll gates managed by Intertoll Africa, a subsidiary of Group 5, downed tolls last week Monday following a deadlock in wage negotiations. Workers were demanding a minimum wage of R7 000 per month while the employer was offering R3 970.
A settlement was finally reached yesterday at a meeting that ran late into the night at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). Representatives of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) along with SATAWU’s Task Team Executive members Jack Mazibuko and Paul Naphawe were involved in the meeting to ensure a settlement.
According to the signed agreement, workers will be paid a minimum wage of R5 022 per month backdated to 1 March 2018. This marks a significant improvement as the majority were previously paid R2 900. Intertoll employees will now be entitled to 100% pay for three months when on maternity leave as compared to the initial 75% pay. Seasonal workers (those working 14 days a month) will now be employed permanently effective as of 1 March 2018.
SATAWU is delighted that parties were able to produce this agreement and looks forward to working towards the establishment of a Bargaining Council to ensure the industry is standardised. The union also relays its gratitude to Sanral for its intervention in these negotiations.
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