Of­fer of 4% rise ‘an in­sult’

The Star Early Edition - - TRUMP FOCUS -

THE NA­TIONAL Union of Metal Work­ers of South Africa (Numsa) yes­ter­day said it felt “in­sulted” by the 4 per­cent wage of­fer made by the em­ploy­ers in the bus pas­sen­ger sec­tor and called on them to take wage talks se­ri­ously. This comes as trans­port unions and em­ploy­ers in the South African Road Pas­sen­ger Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil sat down for the first round of wage ne­go­ti­a­tions last week. The em­ployer as­so­ci­a­tions en­gag­ing with Numsa in the ne­go­ti­a­tions are the Com­muter Bus Em­ploy­ers Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which rep­re­sents Putco, Mgqi­belo, May­ibuye, Bus­cor and Golden Ar­row buses. The South African Bus Em­ploy­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sents Me­gabus, Mega Ex­press, Bo­janala, Gaut­eng Coaches, Itere­leng, Atame­lang, Au­topax, Great North Trans­port, Rea Vaya, Phola Coaches and Grey­hound. Work­ers in the pas­sen­ger bus sec­tor are de­mand­ing a 30 per­cent wage in­crease across the board and a ba­sic salary of R15 000 a month. They are also de­mand­ing a R1 500 hous­ing al­lowance and R1 200 sleep­ing out al­lowance. – ANA

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