The nationwide bus strike continues. The last stumbling block to ending the strike is the issue of back-dated pay.A new offer was presented to unions last week.
Employers are offering a 9 percent increase in the first year and 8 percent in the second year.
It seems the new deal has been agreed upon, but, workers want the terms of the new deal back-dated to the first of April.
The City is monitoring the situation and will provide commuters with updates as far as possible.”
Earlier this weekend, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said that it fully supported the rejection of the latest offer from the employers to the striking bus workers’ unions.
“Saftu urges all workers to continue and intensify their solidarity action in support of their fellow workers who are in the fourth week of a strike against intransigent employers,” said Saftu’s Zwelinzima Vavi in a statement on Saturday.
The strike, by more than 17 000 drivers, has ground bus transport services to a halt in many cities across the country. A key sticking point between parties is about backdated pay.
The strike has been supported by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), the Transport and Omnibus Workers Union (TOWU) and the Tirisano Transport and Services Workers Union.