No end to bus strike in sight

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

THE bus strike which has left thou­sands of peo­ple across the coun­try hav­ing to find al­ter­nate trans­port for the past four weeks will con­tinue.

This was the dire out­come of the lat­est round of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween unions and em­ploy­ees.

The lat­est of­fer‚ which in­cluded a 9% wage in­crease for year one‚ an 8% in­crease for year two and var­i­ous al­lowances‚ was to have kicked in from the date of sign­ing the agree­ment‚ which would have been yes­ter­day.

It was this date clause that led to the of­fer be­ing over­whelm­ingly re­jected.

In a joint state­ment yes­ter­day‚ five unions said: “We have con­sulted our mem­bers from all the re­gions in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. Our mem­bers have over­whelm­ingly re­jected this of­fer.

“This is be­cause the em­ploy­ers in the sec­tor refuse to back­date the agree­ment to be ap­pli­ca­ble on the 1st of April 2018.

“The gen­eral prac­tice is that the agree­ment is back­dated to re­flect the date when the new wage agree­ment is sup­posed to take ef­fect‚ which in this case is the 1st April 2018.

“In­stead‚ the em­ploy­ers want the agree­ment to be im­ple­mented from the date of sign­ing and this is un­ac­cept­able to our mem­bers. We be­lieve they are pro­vok­ing our mem­bers un­nec­es­sar­ily.”

The unions said the bus strike would con­tinue un­til agree­ment was reached on the date is­sue. — TimesLIVE

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