Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says it held meetings with employer associations in the bus passenger sector, the South African Bus Employers Association (SABEA) and the Commuter Bus Employer Association (COBEA).
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said they met on Monday and Tuesday for mediation with the help and support of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC). “The employers have finally moved and tabled a revised offer which we will share with members for their consideration. They have proposed a percentage increase of 4.5% across the board, and this includes allowances.”
Jim added that the employers have also agreed to withdraw the threat of implementing increases only for those workers who are currently employed as of March 31 2022, which means the increases would also be applicable to those who join the company after. “Had they done this, it would have created a two-tier system where some workers earn more than others for the same work.”
Jim said as a result of this shift in attitude, they have decided not to embark on strike action this weekend, ahead of the Good Friday Easter Weekend. “We are doing this in order to enable negotiations. In the meantime, we will be engaging our members to find out how they feel about the proposal. We want to make it clear that the possibility of strike action remains, as long as we have not signed an agreement with the employer.”
He further said they will be spending the next couple of days engaging with their members all over the country to get a mandate on the proposed offer. “We will be meeting again with employers on the 22nd of April to give them feedback.”