Strikers ‘back at work by Monday’

2010-05-27 14:49

The Transnet strike has ended. SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) members have accepted a new offer,

deputy president Robert Mashego has said.

“We have accepted ... We have signed,” he said.

“We are not happy about the offer per se, but we think we can live

with it.”

Members will begin returning to work tomorrow and everybody is

expected to be back in their posts by Monday latest.

The acceptance of the offer has ended the 17-day no-work-no-pay

strike at the freight logistics parastatal.

Mashego said the 11% salary increase stood, but that the company

had agreed to an additional 1% once-off payment on the total annual salary


If the matter had not been settled, a solidarity strike had been

expected in other Satawu sectors.

Satawu workers had demanded a 15% wage increase. Transnet would not

budge at 11%.

Business Unity SA estimated that the strike had cost the economy

about R7billion.

A Transnet spokesperson was not immediately available to confirm

the settlement and whether the once-off payment also applied to members of

Satawu’s fellow union, the United Transport and Allied Trade Union.


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