Metrorail trains might be back on track tomorrow

2010-05-19 09:56

A strike by Metrorail workers may be nearing its end after the

tabling of a new offer of a 10% wage increase today.

“We are very excited with the move. We characterise the agreement

as a progressive one,” said SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu)

national sector co-ordinator Tinzi Lubabalo.

“Our members indicated they wanted [double-digits]. We believe that

we have met and delivered on the mandate.”

Satawu and the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu)

began a strike on Monday that saw services shut down at Metrorail, Shosholoza

Meyl and Autopax bus services across the country.

Utatu general secretary Chris de Vos said that the 10% offer would

be accepted by the union’s members but one issue remained.

“The 10% will be accepted by our members, there’s a specific clause

about service conditions that is the stumbling block.”

De Vos said they were meeting with Passenger Rail Agency of SA

(Prasa) representatives at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and

Arbitration to iron out the last detail.

“If we could settle on that then Metrorail trains may be running

tomorrow,” he said.

Lubabalo said that while Prasa’s most recent offer was within the

mandate, Satawu’s leaders had not decided whether the strike would be called

off.

The strike could be called off and members given a report on the

offer which they could decide to accept.

Alternatively, the union could continue the strike until members

could be gathered to vote on the offer.

Lubabalo said the union would decide on which course to take by 2pm

today.


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