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strike thumb medium85 85Timeslive reports that the unions involved in the national bus strike have decided to intensify their strike after they and bus companies failed to reach an agreement on Friday.  At a briefing, the five unions, including Satawu and Numsa, all indicated that the strike would continue.  

This was said to be because “employers adopted a very provocative attitude which constitutes an insult to workers.”  Talks on Thursday and Friday were mediated by the CCMA.  Bus companies initially offered a 7% wage increase.  The CCMA mediator proposed an 8% increase in the first year and 8.5% in the second year of a two-year agreement.  Bus companies said they would accept the facilitator’s offer on condition that the unions drop other demands such as payment for nightshift and matters linked to the insourcing of cleaning‚ workshop and technical staff.  Unions dropped their wage demand to a 9.5% increase in the first year and 9% in the second year, following their initial demand for a 12% increase.  After the talks deadlocked, the unions called on all their members in the sector to intensify the strike until such time that employers had made an offer that could settle the matter.  They called on all communities to be patient and fully support the strike and “the struggle for workers for a living wage.”

  • Read this report in full at Timeslive
  • Read too, Bus strike continues as unions reject employers’ revised offer, The Citizen
  • And also, Talks over bus strike collapse again, unions call on members to intensify strike, at EWN

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