Gautrain strike called off

2014-08-17 17:44

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Gautrain commuters don’t need to worry about how they will get to work in the morning after the planned strike by train drivers was called off.

It was announced on Friday that Gautrain commuters may have to make alternative transportation plans tomorrow as the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) threatened strike action.

However, the strike has been averted.

“The unions and management were able to reach an agreement. So there will be no strike tomorrow,” said Errol Braithwaite, the operations, marketing and communications executive for Bombela Concession Company.

Utatu was disputing management’s proposed percentage annual wage increase.

Braithwaite said after two days of “intense talks” during the weekend, both parties were able to reach an agreement.

But he was unable to confirm the agreed upon annual wage percentage increase.

“I am not sure of the agreed upon percentage or the length of the agreement. It could be for one or two years,” he said.

Tomorrow commuters can expect uninterrupted travel to their various destinations. Errol said they were very happy that the matter was resolved without inconveniencing their customers.

“The fact that we were able to reach an agreement is very encouraging and shows that it is possible for unions reach agreements with management without having to strike.

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