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UNTUFin24 reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has appealed to commuters to boycott the Gautrain and support its "friendly employees" as the strike entered the fourth day on Thursday.  

This came as the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which runs Gautrain, extended its limited operations.  The union accused the BOC of placing employees in a “bad light” with allegations that members were demanding a 19% increase and were intimidating employees and preventing Gautrain buses from leaving the Midrand depot.  “The company has not attempted to resolve the deadlock in wage negotiations since Saturday, 28 July 2018,” said Steve Harris, general secretary of Untu in a statement on Wednesday night.  Meantime, Untu has given the green light for a draft consent agreement to comply with picketing rules to be made an order of court.  Untu is demanding a 10% basic salary increase, a transport allowance of R800, a housing allowance of R1,600 and incentive bonuses of R20,000 for all employees.  The BOC said it had offered an 8.6% across-the-board increase.

  • Read this report by Tehillah Niselow in full at Fin24
  • Read Untu’s press statement at SA Labour News

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