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strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that with the country seven days into the crippling nationwide bus strike, government was expected to intervene on Tuesday hoping to break the wage negotiation deadlock.  

The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) confirmed that parties would re-enter negotiations, this time facilitated by the Department of Labour.  Negotiations were expected to resume at 15:00.  Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabelo said that, while unions were optimistic, reaching an agreement would be a difficult task.  Bus employers and unions failed to resolve a deadlock last week during a two-day meeting under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).  Bus workers have been engaged in a nationwide strike since last Wednesday.  Workers are demanding a 9.5% salary increase in the first year and 9% in the second year of a two-year deal.  They were initially demanding 12%.  Commuters have been hard hit, with thousands flocking to jam-packed taxi ranks.  Meanwhile, technical issues with Metrorail's northern train services in Cape Town were resolved following their suspension, the rail company said on Tuesday morning.

  • Read this report by Kaveel Singh in full at News24

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