Union will stick to wage demand: Satawu

By Drum Digital
06 May 2013

The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union will stick to its "double digit" wage demand for bus drivers, the union said on Monday.

"We remain steadfast in our demand for a double digit increase of 13 percent for our members... we are not going to back down," said Satawu spokesman Vincent Masoga.

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

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

Commuter Bus Employers' Organisation spokesman 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 [Monday]. 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 percent demand.

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

-by Sapa

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