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gautrainTimeslive reports that an attempt to break the deadlock between Gautrain operator Bombela and the United National Transport Union (Untu) was unsuccessful on Tuesday.  

“The union abandoned discussions‚ rejecting two additional‚ enhanced offers tabled by the [Bombela]‚ both of which made provision for an incentive bonus‚ which Untu had been requesting‚” Bombela spokeswoman Kesagee Nayager claimed.  However‚ Untu general secretary Chris Harris denied that the union had abandoned talks. “We never left the negotiating table.  The CCMA spent three hours with the employer while our negotiators remained in a separate boardroom.  Thereafter‚ the employer came up with the revised offer over three years‚ while all along we were negotiating for a one-year deal.”  Harris said the union then went back to its members with the revised three-year wage offer.  “Our members do not want to negotiate a three-year wage deal with the employer‚” Harris indicated.  He stated that the union was still prepared to negotiate‚ as it had reduced its demands to a 9% salary increase and a once-off bonus of R15‚000, amongst other items.

  • Read this report by Ernest Mabuza in full at Timeslive
  • Read too, No end in sight for Gautrain strike as Untu rejects offers, at The Citizen
  • Read Untu’s latest press statement at SA Labour News

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