Johannesburg – A 30% wage increase for bus passenger transport workers is only one of the demands that have been presented to employers in the sector, according to a statement by the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa).
Numsa is leading the negotiations with employers, which started off this week. The union hopes to reach an agreement before the end of March before the new contracts commence in April, explained acting spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi.
Numsa highlighted that workers were feeling the brunt of food and petrol inflation. “The tragic irony is that despite the fact that they work in the public transport sector, 40% of their salary is spent on public transportation,” the union stated.