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roadpassengerbargcouncilCape Argus reports that another bus strike could be on the cards if requests are granted for several bus companies to be exempted from the recent wage deal that brought an end to the protracted bus drivers’ wage strike.  

A number of bus companies, including Golden Arrow, have apparently approached the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) to be exempted.  This would mean they would not be obliged to pay the wage increase of 9% in the first year and 8% in the following year covered by the deal.  The agreement brought to an end a nationwide strike by bus drivers that commenced on 18 April and endured for almost four weeks.  SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela said it was a shame that three big bus companies, including Putco, had applied to be exempted.  She indicated that bus drivers felt discouraged and added:  “They are very disappointed about what’s been happening."  Transport Omnibus Workers' Union general secretary Tony Franks said his members were angry at the turn of events.  Golden Arrow’s John Dammert confirmed that they would be making submission to the bargaining council.  "Unfortunately I cannot divulge the details of what our submissions will be,” he indicated.

  • Read this report by Marvin Charles in full at Cape Argus

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