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UNTUGroundUp reports that on Wednesday the United National Transport Union (UNTU) declared a dispute with Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) over a deadlock reached in the 2018 wage negotiations.  

In a statement, UNTU said a dispute had been declared with the CCMA after the employer refused to increase its wage offer of 7.3% and refused to include a no retrenchment clause for the next financial year in the wage agreement.  The union is demanding a 13% salary increase.  “A date for the CCMA conciliation has not been set.  But if the CCMA is unable to resolve the dispute, the union will be issued with a certificate that will allow the union to embark on a protected strike in Prasa within 48 hours,” UNTU said.  The union’s Steve Harris said Prasa was not able to plead poverty after leaked documents revealed billions in allegedly corrupt transactions.  “The employer wants its employees to pay the brunt for certain individuals who robbed Prasa of its money.  That is not our problem,” said Harris.  He said the cost of living was taking its toll on UNTU members.

  • Read this report by Tariro Washinyira in full at GroundUp

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