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strike thumb medium85 85Fin24 reports that unions representing workers in the bus strike say that they have made compromises on their demands while employers have remained inflexible.  

The five unions involved issued a joint-statement on Thursday evening after talks involving employers, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande and Labour Minister Mildred Olifant failed to break the deadlock.  According to the unions, namely Satawu, Numsa, Tirisano, Tawusa, and Towu, the parties remained "far apart" in reaching an agreement despite the intervention by the ministers.  The unions have moved from their original demand of a 12% wage increase across the board to 9.5% and have also conceded to a two-year rather than a one-year deal.  Employers are apparently offering an 8% increase.  The unions called on their members to continue the strike into the long weekend, saying there was no choice but to keep fighting.  SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council secretary Gary Wilson said that the issues raised in negotiations date back a number of years and some of the benefits being negotiated “come back on the table year after year for the last 10 years.  The public don't understand the complexity of it."

  • Read this report by Read this report by Lameez Omarjee & Jenni Evans in full at Fin24
  • Read too, No pedal to the metal as bus strike rolls on, at M&G

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