Rail strike over

2010-06-01 08:25

The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has accepted a

new wage offer from the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa),

ending a 15-day nationwide strike that left commuters

stranded.

“The strike is over... our members are back at work today,” said

Satawu deputy president Robert Mashego.

The union briefed its members on a new offer yesterday.

“Our members said they can live with it (the new offer),” said

Mashego.

The Satawu strike, which had affected railway services, entered its

third week yesterday after it started on May 17.

Workers were demanding a 13% increase while Prasa offered

10%.

The United Transport Allied Trade Union (Utatu) initially embarked

on strike action alongside Satawu, but later accepted the 10%, which had been

revised upwards from 5%.

The new offer to Satawu which was tabled on Friday kept the 10%

across the board increase for Prasa’s 15 000-strong work force.

But Shosholoza Meyl workers earning less than R60 000 per year

would get a 12.5% increase, and Metrorail workers earning less than R70 000 per

year would get a 12% salary hike.

This would affect a total of 4 800 workers who were mainly coach

cleaners.

Additionally, all workers would receive a R1 000 once-off payment

this month. The new offer would be backdated to April 1.



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