Satawu to intensify bus strike

2013-05-02 13:03

A nationwide bus strike will be intensified after Satawu rejected a bargaining council proposal, the union has said.

“There are no new developments in the strike; it is still going on and we will intensify our efforts,” SA Transport Workers’ Union (Satawu) spokesperson Vincent Masoga said today.

Commuter Bus Employers’ Organisation spokesperson Barry Gie said no talks were planned with unions “any time soon”.

“We are now taking instructions on how to proceed,” he said.

Masoga said, on Tuesday, the proposal would not be discussed with workers. “The proposal has nothing exciting (in it). We have looked at it and it doesn’t meet the criteria to be discussed,” he said.

Gie said, on Monday, that the bargaining council tabled the proposal on Friday.

On Friday, Gie said employers increased their offer from 6.5% to eight percent, across the board, for workers earning R23.50 an hour or less, and to 7.5% for those earning more.

He said unions reduced their demand from 18% to 13%. But Masoga said, at the time, the union had reverted to its former demands after the talks deadlocked.

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