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roadpassengerbargcouncilCape Times reports that according to the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac), the bus sector would count the cost of the month-long strike for years to come as employees returned to work on Tuesday.  

The employers and the five unions representing thousands of employees reached an agreement on wage increases on Monday.  The council’s general secretary, Gary Wilson, said the public did not realise the losses workers had suffered, because when employees went on strike for one week, it took them years to recover due to unpaid debts.  He pointed out:  “Their bonds, schools fees and even at company level their medical aids and pension funds have fallen behind.  So before they get to the point of getting back on their feet and getting proper salaries, those things will first be deducted.”  Wilson said the council had made attempts at the weekend to make the parties reconsider the offers made on Friday.  In that regard a compromise position was put forward for the employers to consider “at least paying for the loss of wages in terms of increase for the period that the employees worked, as they did work from April 1 (the usual increase date) until April 17.”  The Commuter Bus Employers Organisation’s Meshack Ramela confirmed that bus companies then agreed to backdate and apply the 9% wage increase for 2018 on basic wages for the period of 1 to 17 April (the strike commenced on 18 April and so ‘no work no pay then applied).

  • Read this report by Okuhle Hlati in full at Cape Times
  • See too, Drawn-out bus strike a ‘lose-lose situation’, at The Citizen

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