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irvinjimFin24 reports that Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), said late on Friday afternoon that the national bus strike was not over yet.  

He advised that the employers tabled an offer on Thursday, which was 9% for the first year and 8% for the second year of a two-year agreement.  The sticking point is apparently the issue of pay backdated to 1 April.  Jim indicated that the majority of workers wanted the backdated pay and that the unions were standing together with their workers.  "We are going to persuade the employers to come to the party.  In fact, this is selfish on the part of the employers.  We are saying the strike must come to an end this weekend," Jim said.  He went on to indicate:  "We will engage the employers over the weekend in an effort to end the strike which has already been dragging on for 17 days."  The drivers are also demanding better working conditions, including dual drivers on long-distance buses and the in-sourcing of technical jobs and other labour.  The strike by more than 17,000 drivers has left many commuters stranded across the country.

  • Read this report by Sibongile Khumalo in full at Fin24
  • Read too, Numsa: Bus strike negotiations have been difficult, at EWN

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