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handshake thumb medium90 90Timeslive reports that striking bus drivers are officially expected to return to work on Wednesday‚ although most might be back behind the wheel on Tuesday.  

This comes after trade unions in the bus sector accepted a wage increase offer of 9% across-the-board‚ bringing to an end a prolonged national strike.  The offer is effective from the beginning of April this year‚ with backpay to be applicable from 1 April to 17 April, when the strike commenced.  The principle of ‘no work no pay’ will apply from 17 April until the date of signing of the agreement.  A second pay rise increment of 8% will be implemented from April 2019.  The strike was close to being ended on Friday‚ but unions and employers butted heads over the date the increases would be effective - with employers wanting it from the date the agreement was signed‚ and unions wanting it backdated to April.  Employers finally agreed to backdate the offer for implementation on 1 April 1 2018.  The issues of nightshift hours, dual drivers and insourcing have been referred to a task team overseen by the CCMA with clear terms of reference and time frames.  The five unions involved in the strike were the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union‚ the Transport and Allied Workers Union of SA‚ the Transport and Omnibus Workers Union‚ the National Union of Mineworkers of SA and the Tirisano Transport and Services Workers Union.

  • Read this report by Kgaugelo Masweneng in full at Timeslive
  • Read too, Bus companies slowly rolling out service after disruptive strike, at The Citizen

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