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satawu thumb medium90 101ANA reports that bus commuters will have to find alternative transport until at least Wednesday when the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) will announce whether striking drivers have accepted an improved salary offer.  

Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabele said the union would consult workers on Monday and that they were hoping “maybe by Wednesday will have an idea of what’s happening.”  The SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) have proposed an offer of 8.75% for the first year (backdated to 1 April) and 8.25% for the second year of a two-year deal.  It has been almost a month since drivers went on strike.  Initially, they were demanding 12%, which they then dropped to 9%.  Employers had previously been holding firm on their offer of an 8% in the first year and 8.5% in the second year.

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