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prasaNetwerk24 reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has accepted the final salary increase offer made by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), under which Metrorail falls.  

Untu represents most of Prasa’s employees, who originally demanded a double-digit increase when negotiations began in February.  In terms of the agreement, new medical aid brokers will be appointed, while no employees be retrenched in the current financial year.  Untu’s Eddie de Klerk commented that “the harsh reality is that Prasa has been a terrible employer to its employees in recent years, not implementing collective agreements and denying employees’ rights that they are entitled to.”  Nonetheless, after the Prasa management negotiating team continued to play cat and mouse with Labour’s negotiating teams, it was the newly appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer of Prasa, Lindikhaya Zide, “who did the honourable thing”.  Zide said job losses would be on the cards, but that he had convinced the Prasa board to include a no retrenchment undertaking for this financial year after Labour refused to accept any agreement whatsoever without insuring that no members were left without jobs. (Loosely translated from Afrikaans)

  • Read this report by Francois Williams in full in Afrikaans at Netwerk24
  • Read Untu’s press statement in this regard at Untu online

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