Pay rise for Transnet workers

2011-05-26 13:45

Workers at Transnet have strong-armed the parastatal to grant them pay rise that is 100% more than the country’s inflation rate.

Inflation in April stood at 4.2% and the unions managed to get away with a salary increase of 8.5% across the board in basic pensionable pay.

However, this year’s increase was a far cry compared to last year’s 11%.

“This milestone will go a long way towards strengthening relations with our most important stakeholder – our employees,” said Transnet group chief executive Brian Molefe.

He said: “I believe this wage agreement will have a significant impact on morale and productivity and crucially, this settlement will enable us to focus on achieving our operational goals for the year.”

Transnet’s early wage settlement avoided what happened last year. The workers went on strike for 17 days and cost the country R7 billion, according to Business Unity South Africa.

“It’s also encouraging that this agreement was reached with no disruption to our operations, a positive sign for our relationship,” said Molefe.

SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu said: “We are happy with the agreement and we are quite impressed that though there were issues, there was also a high level of maturity on both sides.

“Agreeing on terms without resorting to drastic measures shows that we are heading in the right direction and we are growing,” said Mahlangu.

George Strauss, the president of United Transport and Allied Trade Union said: “The union is happy with the settlement and given the financial circumstances, it’s very good for our members.”

“We believe that it will have a positive impact on staff morale as it betters our working conditions and I am sure that our members will respond positively,” said Strauss.

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