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roadpassengerbargcouncilBusinessLive reports that five bus companies, including Golden Arrow and Putco, have applied to be exempted from complying with the recently signed bus sector wage agreement, citing financial difficulties.  

If the companies succeed, about 19,000 employees could see their wages stagnate.  These moves have angered labour, with the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) saying they undermined collective bargaining.  The bus sector wage agreement was reached two months ago after a 26-day strike by workers.  Under the deal, workers will receive a 9% wage increase for 2018 and 8% for 2019.  The SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) has meantime applied to the labour minister for the deal to be extended to cover all companies in the sector.  Although Golden Arrow has paid workers the 9% increase this year, it has apparently applied to be exempted from paying the 8% in 2019.  Putco has applied for a 12-month delay in the implementation of the 9% wage hikes in 2018-19, a delay in the adjustment of minimum hourly rates and exemption from paying bonuses this December.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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