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satawu thumb medium90 101Engineering News reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) and four other unions in the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) on Monday said they would take employers' wage offers to their members for consideration.  

Last week, the unions met with the two employers’ associations at the bargaining council for the first phase of wage negotiations in the sector.  The minimum basic wage in the sector is currently R6,076.  After little movement initially, the unions made concessions, including reducing the demand for an across the board (ATB) increase from 20% to 16% and cutting the demand for a minimum basic wage from R10,000 to R8,000.  They also undertook to consider payment of yearly bonuses in an employee's birth month rather than December.  In response, employers proposed that the parties sign a three-year wage agreement from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021, with employees initially receiving a 4.7% increase, followed by a 5.2% increase in 2020 and a 5.7% increase in 2021.  Employers also proposed the same ATB increases for the minimum basic wage for the three-year agreement.  They furthermore offered four months maternity at 35% pay for the 2018/19 year, 37% for the 2019/20 year and 40% for the 2020/21 year.  The bargaining council’s second phase of negotiations will be held from 12 to 16 February.

  • Read this report in full at Engineering News
  • Read too, Premature to talk about strike action in road passenger sector, says Satawu, at HTSyndication (The New Age)

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