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boardroomtableNews24 reports that, with the national bus strike in its fifteenth day on Wednesday, there was fresh hope of a settlement as unions and employers agreed to meet again to try and break the deadlock.  

Gary Wilson of the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) confirmed that a meeting had been set for 10:00 on Thursday in Gauteng.  SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela indicated that, after being given an ultimatum last week by employers that they should accept the latest offer or an earlier lower offer would kick in again, talks had broken down.  The last offer before the ultimatum was a 9% increase for the first year, and 8% for the second year of a two-year deal.  However, the unions met on Monday to discuss the situation, and wrote to the SARPBAC to ask the secretary general to convene a meeting between the parties again.  According to one union negotiator, the biggest sticking points were a half a percentage point, and the employers' push for the increase to start on 1 May and not on 1 April.  In the meantime, Wilson expressed concern over attacks on some buses, saying that it was “getting out of hand."

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans in full at News24


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