Bus unions, employers still locked in talks to end strike

Bus unions, employers still locked in talks to end strike

Efforts by both the Transport and Labour ministers to try to find a resolution to the wage dispute failed last week.

Commuters queue at the Bellville taxi rank on day one of the bus drivers’ strike on 18 April 2018. Picture: Graig-Lee Smith/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Bus unions involved in the nationwide strike are still locked in talks aimed at mapping a way forward, as the industrial action in the sector enters its third week.

Efforts by both the Transport and Labour ministers to try to find a resolution to the wage dispute failed last week.

Workers are demanding a 9.5% wage hike while the employer is offering 7%.

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union’s Zanele Sabela said: “The unions are meeting to decide on a way forward, to see but the word on the ground from our workers is that they are still wanting those increases. They had mandated us to get them a 12% increase, we’ve compromised, we are now at 9.5%.”

Source: EWN

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