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DemawusaBL Premium reports that the Democratic Municipal Workers Union of SA (Demawusa), which suspended its protracted wage strike at Metrobus bus a few months ago, said on Wednesday it was engaging with its members with a view to resume it ahead of the municipal elections on 1 November.

Demawusa, an affiliate of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), embarked on a wage strike at Metrobus in May, demanding a wage increase of 18%, as well as a daily allowance of R150 for all employees and a R15,000 Covid-19 allowance. The strike meant that most Metrobus commuters, who use weekly and monthly prepaid tickets, were left stranded. Demawusa spokesperson Dion Makhura confirmed on Wednesday that the union was engaging its membership and went on to say: “Remember the strike was suspended (in August) because of the issue of lockdown and all those challenges. Now the issue that is under discussion by workers is to say when are we going back on the strike. Those are issues that workers are still discussing. I can’t pre-empt when the strike would resume. Once they [workers] finalise all those details to say we are going [back] on strike on such a particular day, then as the [union] we are going to issue a notice to Metrobus.” Makhura, however, said there was a possibility the strike could resume before the local government elections. During the two-month Demawusa strike, Metrobus stuck to its guns, refusing to entertain the union’s demands outside the SA Local Government Bargaining Council forum, where Demawusa is not represented.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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