Union bent on double-digit wage hike for bus drivers

2013-05-06 13:05

The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) will stick to its “double-digit” wage demand for bus drivers.

“We remain steadfast in our demand for a double-digit increase of 13% for our members ... We are not going to back down,” Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said today.

Unions are demanding a 13% wage increase, down from the original 18%, and allowances for housing, night shift, and long-distance journeys.

The strike, which has affected commuters countrywide, entered its third week today.

Commuter Bus Employers’ Organisation spokesperson Barry Gie said talks between the unions and employers at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) might continue “on Tuesday or Wednesday”.

“No talks were scheduled for today. The strike has resulted in tremendous loss of revenue for bus companies and loss of income for the workers,” said Gie.

The biggest issue for negotiators was the 13% demand.

Gie said employers had increased their offer from 6.5% to 8% across the board for workers earning R23.50 an hour or less, and 7.5% for those earning more.

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